June 26, 2017

49. Adjusting to the rise of the machines (preview)

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Automation, it seems, is taking its toll. For example, based on its turnover Amazon employs less than half the staff levels of the broader retail sector – and they are driving efficiency gains all the time. So, is the answer to tax robots – one of the ideas from failed French Presidency candidate Benoît Hamon. No, says Professor Steve Keen. He suggests to Phil Dobbie that the solution is a universal basic wage. But won’t that remove any incentive to work and innovate?

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