Freethought Fridays: Midtown Book Club

Who Owns the Future?:  Part Two (chapters 2-7).   

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  • Sarah

    Well third time's the charm! I'll make it next week.

    April 11, 2014

    • Molly

      Oh, poo! See you then:)

      1 · April 11, 2014

  • Sarah

    I probably won't be able to make it tonight. Work stuff. :(

    April 11, 2014

  • Jerry

    Interesting article rebutting Lanier's claims about technology displacing jobs.

    Don't Blame Technology for Persistent Unemployment - Slate.com

    "At least since Karl Marx, people have been predicting that technology would create mass unemployment. However, these predictions were consistently wrong because they ignored the offsetting benefits of automation. For example, during the 19th century, machines took over tasks performed by weavers, eliminating 98 percent of the labor needed to weave a yard of cloth. But this mechanization also brought a benefit: It sharply reduced the price of cloth, so people consumed much more. Greater demand for cloth meant that the number of textile jobs quadrupled despite the automation."

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/09/30/technology_isn_t_taking_all_of_our_jobs.html

    April 11, 2014

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