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NYT Room for Debate: Easing the Pain of Automation

Globalization and trade agreements have been blamed for costing millions of Americans well-paying jobs. But a far greater force in the gutting of middle-class life in the United States has been automation, which has replaced well-paid workers with robots and digital platforms. The greater efficiency fuels economic growth, produces cheaper products and makes life’s task easier. But in the process, many are left poorer and less secure.

What can be done to limit the harm and spread the benefits of automation?


Robots at work at a Tesla factory in California. Jim Tanner/Reuters

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I'm glad someone is thinking about limiting the harm but truth is we don't know the consequences.

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