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Plan now because robots will take our jobs

Graham Watson

5th February 2018

More excellence in the Guardian with Larry Elliott seeing the opening of Amazon Go in Seattle as a foretaste of things to come. He argues that automation is unstoppable and that we need to think about how were going to adapt to it.

It is clear that robots will take a greater proportion of our jobs, and that previous attempts at reskilling have, by and large, been unsuccessful. 

So what's the solution? He thinks that it's probably new ownership models that ensure the benefits of automation are more broadly shared, perhaps via a citizens’ wealth fund that would own a broad portfolio of assets", all of which would reflect those sectors where the greatest amount of automation has taken place. But it all seems a little bit interventionist to me.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to Tutor2U, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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