Tech Talk: What government can do when the robots come for our jobs

A recent paper from the Roosevelt Institute suggests policies governments could institute to protect workers as robots and artificial intelligence perform a greater share of labor in the economy. (Image courtesy of

Robotics and other technologies could  make a large portion of today’s jobs obsolete, but a paper published Tuesday by the Roosevelt Institute, a liberal think tank, suggests that a series of policy steps that are, in isolation, not all that radical would go a long way toward ensuring that the benefits of technological advancement would be widely enjoyed.

For example,  the Federal Reserve and other policymakers should commit more energetically to pursuing a “maximum employment” goal set in federal law, even if it means being willing to tolerate a bit more risk of inflation writes Neil Irwin at

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The paper, called “Don’t Fear the Robots,” economist Mark Paul, also recommends  overhauling intellectual property law so that the companies that develop valuable patents and trademarks don’t have such a lengthy monopoly on their innovations. Over time this would probably mean that more of the benefits of technology would accrue to labor rather than capital.

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