KUKA Industrial Robots, 1983.  Photo credit:  Mixabest | CC3.0, Wikimedia Commons.



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Books and Articles on Automation

James Sherk, Technology Explains Drop in Manufacturing Jobs (Heritage Foundation, Oct 12, 2010)

John Carney and Vincent Fernando, French: The Most Productive People in the World (Business Insider)

Tom Chatfield, The Truth About Technology's Greatest Myth (BBC News, Jan 10, 2014)

Miya Tokumitsu, In the Name of Love: Elites Embrace the “Do What You Love” Mantra But It Devalues Work and Hurts Workers (Slate, Jan 16, 2014)

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (Amazon book, Jan 20, 2014)

Derek Thompson, What Work Will the Robots Take? (The Atlantic, Jan 23, 2014)

Fabius Maximus, Journalists Warn Us About the Coming Revolution, But We Won't Listen (Fabius Maximus, Jul 7, 2014)

Claire Cain Miller, As Robots Grow Smarter, American Workers Struggle to Keep Up (NY Times, Dec 15, 2014)

Daniel Drezner, The Political Economy of a World Without Work (Washington Post, Jun 24, 2015)

Derek Thompson, A World Without Work (The Atlantic, Jul/Aug 2015)

Keith Naughton, Humans Are Bumping into Driverless Cars and Exposing a Key Flaw (Automotive News, Dec 18, 2015)

Evan Fraser and Sylvain Charlebois, Automated Farming: Good News for Food Security, Bad News for Job Security? (The Guardian, Feb 18, 2016)

Ben Schiller, Welcome to the Post-Work Economy (Co.Exist Mar 15, 2016)

Michael J. Hicks, Donald, Hillary and Bernie Are Lying to Us About Those Lost Manufacturing Jobs (MarketWatch, May 14, 2016) automation preceded NAFTA by 20 years

Michael J. Coren, Cheap Robots Are Coming for Our Farm Jobs By Taking the Most Brutal Tasks First (Quartz, Jul 10, 2016)

Daniel Griswold, Globalization Isn't Killing Factory Jobs. Trade is Actually Why Manufacturing is Up 40%. (Los Angeles Times, Aug 1, 2016) argues technology, not trade, is responsible for job loss

Derek Thompson, The Next Industrial Revolution (The Atlantic, Sep 6, 2016)

Harriet Taylor, AI Will Eliminate 6% of Jobs in 5 Years (CNBC, Sep 12, 2016)

Natalie Kitroff, Robots Could Replace 1.7 Million American Truckers in the Next Decade (Los Angeles Times, Sep 25, 2016)

Eshe Nelson, A Big Dutch Bank Is Replacing 5,800 People With Machines, at a Cost of $2 Billion (Quartz, Oct 4, 2016)

Thomas L. Friedman, Donald Trump Voters, Just Hear Me Out (NY Times, Nov 2, 2016) good soundbites on automation cutting jobs; anger at immigrants and trade is not fairly placed

Steven Greenhouse, Autonomous Vehicles Could Cost America 5 Million Jobs. What Should We Do About It? (Los Angeles Times, Nov 14, 2016)

Om Malik, Silicon Valley Has an Empathy Vacuum (The New Yorker, Nov 28, 2016)

Ana Swanson, A Single Chart Everybody Needs to Look At Before Trump's Big Fight Over Bringing Back American Jobs (Washington Post, Nov 28, 2016) U.S. manufacturing companies produce twice as much as they did in 1984, with one-third fewer workers

Timothy B. Lee, What Donald Trump Got Right - and Many Economists Got Wrong - About the Costs of Trade (Vox, Nov 30, 2016) proximity to factory shutdowns, but also stats on automation

Rob Price, Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI is Going to Decimate Middle Class Jobs (Business Insider, Dec 1, 2016)

Matt Turner, The CEO of United Technologies Just Let Slip an Unintended Consequence of the Trump-Carrier Jobs Deal (Business Insider, Dec 5, 2016)

Betsey Stevenson, Manly Men Need to Do More Girly Jobs (Bloomberg, Dec 7, 2016)

Eshe Nelson, Brace Yourself: The Most Disruptive Phase of Globalization is Just Beginning (Quartz, Dec 7, 2016)

David Gershgorn, Japanese White Collar Workers Are Already Being Replaced by Artificial Intelligence (Quartz, Jan 2, 2017)

Lauren Weber, The End of Employees (WSJ, Feb 2, 2017)

Mihai Andrei, Chinese Factory Replaces 90% of Human Workers With Robots. Production Rises by 250%, Defects Drop by 80% (ZME Science, Feb 3, 2017)

Rick Merritt, Startup Schools Machine Learning: Software Explores Faster, Cheaper Route (Electrical Engineering Times, Feb 14, 2017)

Martin Ford, Driverless Trucks: Economic Tsunami May Swallow One of the Most Common US Jobs (Guardian, Feb 16, 2017)

Kevin J. Delaney, The Robot That Takes Your Job Should Pay Taxes, Says Bill Gates (Quartz, Feb 17, 2017)

Ben Tarnoff, Robots Won't Just Take Our Jobs - They'll Make the Rich Even Richer (The Guardian, Mar 2, 2017)

Terrence McCoy, Disabled, or Just Desperate: Rural Americans Turn to Disability as Jobs Dry Up (Washington Post, Mar 30, 2017)

Yuval Noah Harari, The Meaning of Life in a World Without Work (The Guardian, May 8, 2017)

Richard Gray, How Automation Will Affect You - The Experts' View (BBC, May 23, 2017)

Lawrence Mishel and Josh Bivens, The Zombie Robot Argument Lurches On (Economic Policy Institute, May 24, 2017) argues automation does not lead to joblessness or inequality

Langdon Winner, The Cult of Innovation: Its Colorful Myths and Rituals (Langdon Winner blog, Jun 12, 2017)

Tracy Chou, A Leading Silicon Valley Engineer Explains Why Every Tech Worker Needs a Humanities Education (Quartz, Jun 28, 2017)

Laurie Bedford, How Automation Will Transform Farming (, Nov 29, 2017)

Peter S. Goodman, The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine (NY Times, Dec 27, 2017)

Lisa Elaine Held, Robotics and Automation Are Transforming Food System Labor (Foodtank, Jan 2018)

Salvador Rizzo, President Trump’s Claim that China Caused 60,000 U.S. Factories to Close (Washington Post, Mar 26, 2018) a fact check

Yuval Noah Harari, Why The Online Gig Economy's Race to the Bottom (The Atlantic, Aug 31, 2018)

Gene Marks, Are Robots Coming for Your Lawyer? (The Guardian, Sep 13, 2018) about San Francisco-based Atrium

Steve Goldstein, U.S. Enjoys Best Manufacturing Jobs Growth of the Last 30 Years (MarketWatch, Jan 4, 2019) 

Kevin Roose, The Hidden Automation Agenda of the Davos Elite (NY Times, Jan 25, 2019) 

John Oliver, Automation (Last Week Tonight, Mar 3, 2019)

Andrew Yang, Speech at the Democratic National Convention 2019 Summer Meeting (alacritythief, Aug 23, 2019)

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