Mai 17, 2013
Mai 9, 2013
A couple months back I drew a graph of the employment rate, workforce participation rate, and employment-to-population ratio and argued that the unemployment rate was going down not because people were going back to work in huge numbers, but instead because they were dropping out of the labor force. I said:
The simplest and, I believe, best explanation for what’s going on here is that the US...
Mai 3, 2013
April 24, 2013
April 16, 2013
April 9, 2013
Imagine a world where the robots did all the work. They tend the crops, sew the clothes, cook the food, drive the trucks, and work on all the assembly lines in all the world’s factories.
In this world, everything would be a lot cheaper because labor costs would drop to zero. In fact, there’d be a startling abundance of stuff. And people would be freed up to do things other than work. We could use our time to explore, create, perform, craft, mingle, and so on because we wouldn’...
März 27, 2013
If you want to see the difference between sophisticated and unsophisticated thinking and writing about technology’s effects on the workforce, look no further than two recent posts, both from the conservative side of the house.
März 26, 2013
März 25, 2013
Something strange is happening in my corner of the Interwebs. I can’t figure out what’s going on or what to do about it. But with enough eyeballs all bugs are shallow, so here’s the situation; if you have any ideas or advice, I’m all ears.
A little while back I was flipping through the ‘Camera uploads’ folder on my Macbook Air, and saw some photos I didn’t recognize. Many of them were of teenagers, and most of them looked like they were...