If the first machine age was about the automation of manual labor and horsepower, the second machine age is about the automation of knowledge work.
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The new meme is that the robots are coming, and while they are not the Arnold Schwarzenegger "life terminator," they are the jobs terminator.
Rather than rail against the machine, pundits and policy makers would do better to embrace technology-led productivity, while at the same time do much more to help workers adjust to changes.
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