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TickTickTickTick… March of the Machines

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Just a quick note to let everyone know that 60 Minutes is running a story tonight called “March of the Machines” about “technological advances, especially robotics, that are revolutionizing the workplace, but not necessarily creating jobs.”

Steve Kroft sat down with me and my Race Against the Machine co-author Erik Brynjolfsson, and our interview will, we’re told, be incorporated into the story.

The show will air Sunday, January 13 after the Patriots – Texans playoff game is over; between 7 and 8 pm EST. I’d tell you what to look for, but I haven’t seen the piece yet. I’ll report back here with my impresssions of it, and I’d love to hear yours. So leave a comment after it airs, please…

Recent Trends in Labor Intensity. Or, the History (and Future?) of Steady Work in the US

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When I’m trying to understand something, I start drawing graphs using whatever data’s available; pictures help me more than tables of numbers or regression coefficients. So here’s a picture I drew to see recent trends in US labor productivity — how much more output the American economy gets from its workers over time.

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