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What the Industrial Revolution really tells us

As we look forward to tomorrow’s discussion of the effects of automation, here is one more article that can provide valuable background. Using lessons learned from the industrial revolution, it offers a balanced look at the fears and hopes surrounding what lies ahead.

  • What the Industrial Revolution really tells us about the future of automation and work, Moshe Y. Vardi, The Conversation: Academic rigor, journalistic flair (

The article includes a graph showing industrial output versus the number of industrial sector jobs from the late 1980s to 2017. You can view just the graph by clicking on the link in this paragraph.

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