For decades machines have gradually been replacing blue-collar jobs, but now algorithms and increasingly sophisticated machines have begun eating their way into decidedly white-collar territory.
And as a result, economist Tyler Cowen now predicts the hollowing out of the middleclass. But is the picture really that gloomy? We explore the impact of technological change on the way we’ll work in future.
Erik Brynjolfsson, Schussel Family Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management , Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, Chair of the MIT Sloan Management Review. Co-author of ‘The Second Machine Age’.
Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics at George Mason University. Author of ‘Average is Over’.
Cory Doctorow, Sci-fi author, blogger and digital rights activist. Co-editor of the Boing Boing blog.
Title: The Second Machine Age
Author: Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee
Publisher: W.W. Norton
Title: Average is over: Powering America Beyond The Age of The Great Stagnation
Author: Tyler Cowen
Publisher: Dutton (Penguin)
Erik Brynjolfsson’s webpage (http://ebusiness.mit.edu/erik/)
Second Machine Age (http://www.secondmachineage.com/)
Tyler Cowen’s webpage (https://www.gmu.edu/centers/publicchoice/faculty pages/Tyler/)
Cory Doctorow’s website (http://craphound.com/)
2011 Future Tense program featuring Tyler Cowen (http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/rethinking-economic-assumptions/2950862)