The Problem With Automation


April 10, 2019 – Steve LeVine – Axios

While prior technological cycles have killed a lot of jobs, businesses and government have taken other actions that have counter-balanced the loss. Primarily, towering new technologies have spawned a lot of new industries and jobs.

Robots Have an Increasingly Important Role in Construction


May 1, 2019 – Nathan King – Scientific American

According to the United Nations, 400,000 new people enter the middle class every day. To accommodate this growing population, it is estimated that the construction industry will need to build an average of 13,000 buildings every day through 2050.

How To Keep The Robots From Taking Jobs


May 1, 2019 – José García and Madeline Janis – The Agenda

Even the most carefully modeled forecasts cannot determine the future of work and workers. And we believe that local, state and federal policymakers can have a substantial influence over how these technologies develop in the coming years.

The Age of Robot Farmers


April 8, 2019 – John Seabrook – The New Yorker

In recent years, seasonal labor has become much more scarce, and more expensive—making it difficult for growers of apples, citrus, berries, lettuce, melons, and other handpicked produce-aisle items to harvest their crops. The solution, Gary Wishnatzki believes, is to make a robot that can pick strawberries.

Automation and a Changing Economy


April 2, 2019 – McKay, Pollack, Fitzpayne – The Aspen Institute

Automation is an important ingredient driving economic growth and progress. But without adequate policies and institutions, automation can also have negative effects on individuals and communities.