US economist Robert Gordon makes the argument that robots aren’t going to take all our jobs. He is convincing, although I would add that robots don’t have to replace you in order for business models based on new technology to wipe out your industry. Like, there’s no robot journalists – except for Keith Ng – but the business model for the job has collapsed; now the ad revenue goes to companies like Facebook who provide the platform for over a billion users to generate content for them for free.
What with all my Russian revolution reading I keep wondering what Marx would say about this tendency for ‘workers’ to add value to companies by working for free. Mostly I think about this when I’m checking out and bagging my own groceries at the supermarket.