• Tucker Carlson’s Views on Automation

    Some succinct but thought provoking comments from Tucker Carlson (of Fox News!) that are very convergent with my own beliefs on automation and the future. Carlson’s connection between the spread of communism and the industrial revolution are likewise intriguing.

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    Article by: Nicholas Covington

    I am an armchair philosopher with interests in Ethics, Epistemology (that's philosophy of knowledge), Philosophy of Religion, Politics and what I call "Optimal Lifestyle Habits."

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    1. Autor, David H. (August 2015). “Why Are There Still So Many Jobs? The History and Future of Workplace Automation“. Journal of Economic Perspectives. 29 (3): 3–30. doi:10.1257/jep.29.3.3.

      Automation does indeed substitute for labor—as it is typically intended to do. However, automation also complements labor, raises output in ways that lead to higher demand for labor, and interacts with adjustments in labor supply. Indeed, a key observation of the paper is that journalists and even expert commentators tend to overstate the extent of machine substitution for human labor and ignore the strong complementarities between automation and labor that increase productivity, raise earnings, and augment demand for labor.

      1. I would agree that there are examples of automation that work the way you describe. However, I am worried about automation resulting in a net loss of jobs long term simply because eventually machines may do practically everything human beings do to make a living. I also think that whether or not there is a net destruction of jobs, even temporary displacement at a large scale could be destructive.

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