We constantly hear about how technology is going to displace workers and take our jobs. And while to some extent this is true, here’s a paradox you don’t hear much about:

Despite a century of creating machines to do our work for us, the proportion of adults in the developed world with a job has consistently gone up for the past 125 years.

Why hasn’t human labour become redundant and our skills obsolete? In this talk about the future of work, economist David Autor addresses the question of why there are still so many jobs and comes up with a surprising, hopeful answer.


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