Summary: “For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?“ On September 19, 1977, the last steel mill in Youngstown, Ohio, was closed. “Within five years, the city lost 50,000 jobs and $1.3 billion in manufacturing wages.“ A Regional downturn with social impacts such as depression, spousal abuse, and suicide was a consequence. Mental-health centres and prisons needed to be built. What advantages, disadvantages, changes and opportunities are presented within a “workless world“, caused by machines that replace jobs? This article provides a good overview of work across time and the impact on economics and statistics. It also suggests three possible future solutions: consumption, communal creativity, and contingency planning.

The link also provides a short interview with Editor in Chief James Bennet, talking with the author Derek Thompson about the state of jobs in America.

Author: Thompson Derek, The Atlantic

Language of Article: English

Publishing date: 2015, July/August