Robot study brings more bad news about jobs

Image: Pushing a robot
A researcher gives the next-generation Atlas robot a good, hard push. (Credit: Boston Dynamics)

Newly published research runs counter to the hope that the rise of automation should create as many jobs for human workers as it destroys. Computer modeling suggests a downward trend, and real-world statistics from the 1990-2007 time period confirm the effect, MIT’s Daron Acemoglu and Boston University’s Pascual Restrepo say. A report on the research in The New York Times says blue-collar men without college degrees are hit especially hard, which helps explain the angst behind last November’s Rust Belt support for Donald Trump’s presidential run.

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By Alan Boyle

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