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Perspectives September 15, 2015

Robots Will Take Our Jobs—But We Will Adapt

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We’ll reinvent work and forge a new set of jobs

Machines have been taking jobs from people (and horses and carrier pigeons) for hundreds of years now. Robots and artificial intelligence technologies (AI) simply continue this trend.

In the past, when major technology shifts occurred, the new machines made many jobs obsolete—but they created even more new ones. In at least some cases that’s happening now too. As economist Tyler Cowen points out in his book Average is Over, an F-16 fighter aircraft requires the support of around 100 people, including the pilot, to fly a single mission. A Global Hawk surveillance drone requires 300.

Read more on Time.