Will Robots Do Our Work?

For millennia, everything was done by human hand and so a good work ethic was an important value to ingrain into society. The field was not going to sow itself, nor would the house be self-built. Each had to pull their own weight to ensure their basic needs were met.
Since the first stone tools were used, technology has been augmenting work. It typically creeps in at a pace that is not broadly disruptive, but it occasionally lurches forward in periods we call “industrial revolutions”.

Are the productivity gains from tech fading?

I’ve struggled with an idea for a while, the idea that economic productivity gains from technology are stalling out. Productivity in general had a good run leading up to the Great Recession, but the long run average has faded ever since (as shown in this graph from the FT). Productivity was long a key metric […]

Is College a Gamble?

I read a Fast Co. article by Gregory Ferenstein last week, “What College Degrees Are Really Worth,” which shared information on median earnings by major group. (Displayed in the image below.)  As someone who is working on a second masters, in a down and highly uncertain economy, the article got the wheels turning and eventually led to […]