New Econ Duel: Will Machines Take Our Jobs?

BY Meg Gilliland ON Fri, October 07, 2016

In our latest Econ Duel, Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok take a look at a topic that may affect us all: will machines take our jobs?

Now, this is an issue that we’ve been worried about for centuries. While fears of mass unemployment have proven unfounded, we’ve definitely lost some jobs to automation. As those resources that are uniquely human get freed up, new types of jobs end up being created. Knowledge work is much more prevalent today than ever before.

However, we’re entering a new age for machines. They’re becoming more capable of mimicking human intelligence and no longer competing with us on physical labor alone.

So what does that mean for future employment?

Join Tyler and Alex as they debate this hot topic through an economist's lens.

We'd love to know what you think! Let us know in the comments.



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