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Tom Paine Silver badge

Re: Useful?

As with all "Robots/AI are coming to take your jobs!!!11!!1" articles, we have to ask: wouldn't it be easier to employ a teenager for minimum wage?

Funny thing. An apparently leading explanation for the long-standing crap UK productivity stats is that thanks to the "reformed", "flexible" labour market - gig economy, zero hours etc , it's easier for firms to substitute expensive R&D and capital investment (new, more productive machinery) by just hiring more Fleshy Ones. Result: crappy, ineffecient, unreliable, inaccurate, slow old tooling operated by armies of ragged, poverty-striken employees. Sounds far-fetched? Take a look around you, dear reader...

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