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No Work, No Worries? The Future With Robots


If you have paid attention to the recent predictions of technocrats, you know that a future filled with robots is almost certainly coming.  The only real question is not if they will become ubiquitous (yes, they will), or even when (pretty soon) but what our response will be.  Will the onset of widespread automation displace workers to a problematic extent or will, as in days past, changes in technology result in new and better jobs for those who are willing to retool for the future?  To give us some insight into the potential pitfalls and solutions, we talk with Dr. Darrell West, a political scientist with the Brookings Institute.  As Founding Director for their Center for Technology Innovation, he has spent the last two decades thinking and writing about technological changes and how they are likely to impact us.