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Event 19 May 2021: Digit Debates - Automation and the end of work?

Silicon Valley titans, politicians, techno-futurists, and social critics have united in arguing that we are on the cusp of an era of rapid technological automation, heralding the end of work as we know it. Have they got a point? The contemporary automation discourse responds to a real, global trend: there are too few jobs for too many people. However, it has misattributed the present-day, weak demand for labour to the rise of the robots and technical breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Aaron Benanav explains what is really behind this alarming trend, and explores the forces that now stand in the way of a transition to a post-scarcity society. Book here:

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