The U.S. labor force has been shaped by millennia of technological progress. Agricultural technology birthed the farming industry, the industrial revolution moved people into factories, and then globalization and automation moved them back out, giving rise to a nation of services. But throughout these reshufflings, the total number of jobs has always increased. What may be looming is something different: an era of technological unemployment, in which computer scientists and software engineers essentially invent us out of work, and the total number of jobs declines steadily and permanently.
Derek Thompson has really outdone himself with his long-form story on the possibility a post-work economy. I urge you to find some time to read this, it’s highly provocative and loaded with interesting information.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to an endless amount of work piled in front of me 😉