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  • Rosalie Murphy

    Thanks for writing this. My mom is a programmer in a Rust Belt factory, and a generation ago, 20 people did the work she oversees now. It's easy to see why manufacturing centers like Akron, my hometown, are shrinking, but it's hard to watch them go.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      “Robots are another potential threat to a sense of security in the working world,” says Leon Fink, a labor historian who teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago. “We’re in a period of stagnant growth and sticky unemployment with a labor surplus. The idea that more robotics is going to somehow increase the number of jobs seems very far-fetched to me.”

    • Rosalie Murphy

      (Sent the comment too soon, sorry!) It seems likely that automation is lowering costs and bringing plants back to the U.S., and obviously, it's better to have a robot breathing those fumes than a human, but I have to agree with Fink -- it seems impossible that robots will actually increase the number of jobs. Former manufacturing towns are still going to have to diversify mightily to keep residents around. I'd tend to say automation is good for human beings, but maybe not so good from cities' perspectives.