There’s one from the manufactured world, and one from the natural world. Both of them will profoundly disrupt everything we do on our beautiful blue planet.
We’ve known about both of these things for a long time, but we either haven’t taken them seriously or we don’t believe they are real. We are not addressing either of them in any meaningful way.
The first is the computer-robotization of everything we do.
You’ve already seen pictures of the robots that make everything from cars to watches to cheeseburgers. In every case, these robots have replaced real live workers, lots of them, and only a few of those workers still work where the robots moved in. The rest may or may not have jobs.
But you may not be as aware that these robots—by which we also mean computers—have also taken over millions of other jobs, even high-salary jobs on Wall Street. Not…
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