Here is Derek Thompson of The Atlantic‘s interesting take on the David Brooks piece to which I linked in my previous post. My take is that the relentless drive for efficiency – in itself not a bad thing – will ultimately pose insuperable obstacles in the way of a “full” employment economy. Even the distinction between fast and slow sectors of the economy may become increasingly blurry as more things can be done by machines. You may not be able to ship a dentist around the world, but one day, you may have a robot dental machine cleaning and fixing your teeth.
Whither the poor dentist?