Lights in the Tunnel — Coming True?

By | June 1, 2010

Martin Ford — who joined us on FastForward Radio not long ago — directs us to this story about HP planning to cut 9000 jobs via automation. This development looks like more support for Martin’s thesis, outlined in his book The Lights in the Tunnel, that automation is advancing at a rate that makes the displacement of most human beings from the workforce inevitable (and sooner than you would think.)

It’s a thesis that I’m philosophically disinclined to agree with, but I found Martin’s arguments more persuasive than I expected. If you’re interested in reading the book and judging for yourself, it is now available for free download.