Can machines take our jobs without ruining our lives?

Inside the machine Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos By Jon White JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES always assumed that robots would take our jobs. According to the British economist, writing in 1930, it was all down to “our means of economising the use of labour outrunning the pace at which we can find new uses for labour”. And that was no bad thing. Our working week would shrink to 15 hours by 2030, he reckoned, with the rest of our time spent trying to live “wisely, agreeably and well”. It hasn’t happened like that – indeed, if anything many of us are working more than we used to (see “Don’t give up the day job: Why going to work is good for you“). Advanced economies that have seen large numbers of manual workers displaced…


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