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Imagining a future when machines have all the jobs

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Machines can do more and more human work. They don't just replace human brawn the way older machines did; increasingly, they substitute machine power for human brainpower.

associated press/October 2011

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Martin Ford saw it everywhere, even in his own business. Smarter machines and better software were helping companies do more work with fewer people. His Silicon Valley software firm used to put its programs on disks and ship them to customers. The disks were made, packaged and delivered by human beings. Now Ford's customers can just download the software to their computers -- no disks, no packaging, no delivery workers.
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