Robots Are Dandy, but Workers May Worry

Sept. 2, 2016 1:38 p.m. ET 1 COMMENTS Andy Kessler’s thesis (which is shared by many economists) that the advance of technology doesn’t destroy jobs, but rather pushes workers into higher-productivity roles is true only until the development of the ultimate killer app: artificial intelligence (AI) (“The Robots Are Coming; Welcome Them,” op-ed, Aug. 23). Given the rapid recent advances in AI, it seems highly likely that better-than-human intelligence will appear in my lifetime, and almost certainly within my children’s. Once that happens, a more apt analogy for what will happen in the human labor market is what occurred in the labor market for horses. In 1915 the horse population in the U.S. was well over 25 million. With the invention of the automobile and powered combine, the horse population…


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