A prominent concern is that automation, in the form of robots in particular, will destroy or take jobs from human beings. The materials here look at how likely or unlikely this is, how we’ve responded to similar changes in automation in the past, and whether robots are fundamentally different in this regard.

Blog Posts

External Links

  • Anslow, L. (no date) “Robots Have Been About to Take All the Jobs for More than 200 Years.” Available at: Link.
  • Bessen, J. (no date) “Don’t Blame Technology for Persistent Unemployment.” Available at: Link.
  • Brynjolfsson, E. and McAfee, A. (no date) “Will Humans Go the Way of Horses?” Available at: Link.
  • Ip, G. (no date) “Robots aren’t destroying enough jobs.” Available at: Link.
  • LaFrance, A. (no date) “When People Feared Computers.” Available at: Link.
  • McArdle, M. (no date) “A Living Wage.” Available at: Link.
  • Serlin, R. (no date) “Robot/AI revolution decimating employment and wages.” Available at: Link.
  • Smith, N. (no date) “Most workers have held off the machines so far.” Available at: Link.
  • Smith, N. (no date) “Robots taking jerbs.” Available at: Link.
  • Taylor, T. (no date) “Automation and Job Loss: The Fears of 1964.” Available at: Link.
  • Taylor, T. (no date) “Don’t fear the (McCormick) reaper.” Available at: Link.
  • Taylor, T. (no date) “Automation and Job Loss: The Fears of 1927.” Available at: Link.
  • Taylor, T. (no date) “Automation and Job Loss: Leontief in 1982.” Available at: Link.
  • Yglesias, M. (no date) “The Automation Myth.” Available at: Link.

Academic References