Twyllabus: Labor, Machines, and Undeniable Futures


There’s a great batch of reading and writing happening mostly online right now about the labor, inequality and the machines that are coming for our jobs.

Much of the public debate is coming from a series of recent books and research articles on how machines will displace a significant portion of human labor in the next market epoch.

It makes a good addition to courses across stratification, culture, economics, and critical studies. Here’s a brief twyllabus (twitter + syllabus):

I’d probably place the beginning of the conversation with Brynjofflson and McAfee’s “Race Against The Machine“.

Then there’s Cowen’s “The Great Stagnation” (with all that signals for Polayni fans/critics, I think). If that’s tl;dr go with the Atlantic’s coverage.

The Atlantic piece also links to Frey and Osborne’s paper on the future of employment <pdf>.

I think there was something silly in the NY…

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