Automation and Productivity Redux

Last month, in an entry about the jobless recovery, I mentioned that I’d heard my brother predict big unexpected productivity increases from info-tech and automation. He pointed me to the work of Yang and Brynjolfsson, like this The Intangible Costs and Benefits of Computer Investments: Evidence from the Financial Markets, as the source of the prediction.

Also, Alan pointed me to RoboticNation a weblog about robotics, with a focus on job loss from automation, among other things. It’s an interesting blog, though the author has a tendency toward unquestioning reproduction of stories that are obviously just rehashed corporate (or institutional) press releases

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