As jobs become more automated, how will workers adjust?

Chris Farrell says that while workers may not see massive job losses, technology will alter the mix of jobs and needed worker skills.
"Don't fear the march of the robots, but worry instead that too many workers will be left to their own devices in dealing with massive job changes driven by automation," says Chris Farrell, Marketplace's senior economics contributor.
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With workers scarce, some industries are turning to robots

Jun 2, 2022
The pandemic accelerated automation purchases, according to an industry group, especially in agriculture, construction and fast food.
A fully automated fast food restaurant in San Francisco in 2015. Industries like fast food and construction increasingly rely on automation.
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More and more robots are working alongside us. What does that mean?

Feb 1, 2022
As the cost of human workers has risen, the cost of automation has fallen.
As the cost of human workers has risen, the cost of automation has fallen.
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Automation is replacing more workers than outsourcing, study says

Jun 17, 2021
New and better jobs could be created if we invest in breakthrough technologies that generate opportunities.
American workers replaced by automation may not have the same job prospects that displaced workers had in the past.
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Are businesses automating at a faster rate thanks to COVID-19?

Oct 21, 2020
A forced digitization is taking place, as is a rethinking of how business should get done.
A bartender makes drinks at an event promoting AI in London last year.
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Can made-to-order fashion change how we shop?

A slate of startups are working to make custom clothing, fast.
Models walk the runway during the Marco De Vincenzo fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week.
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Automation and how it could worsen inequality

Economist Daniel Susskind explores why automation could worsen inequality in his new book "A World Without Work: Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond."
Workers at Kinross Clothing manufacturers in Maitland, sew men's trousers in Cape Town in 2017.
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Inside one highly automated Chinese factory

Nov 13, 2019
China's Shuoke sports equipment factory says robots have helped triple its production.
A worker looks on as a robotic arm at the Shuoke factory sorts plastic panels to form a soccer ball. Machines like this have helped the firm cope with rising costs. (Shanghai 808 Studio)
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Automation is likely to leave some local economies behind

Nov 6, 2019
Without intervention, the disparity between thriving and lagging economies will worsen.
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Worker productivity declined for first time in four years

Nov 6, 2019
No, it's not because of social media or politics.
One economist said we're stuck in the slow lane when it comes to productivity.
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