read it after Christmas, though I did cut to the chase to check out "The Curse of Machines," which I'm reading now. I should probably wait to comment, but... I'm not sure we can go by the past given, for one, the rate that changes are occurring now that we have computers. I don't know that it's comparable in terms of necessary adjustment periods - not that everyone in the past adjusted so easily. For instance, while the introduction of the knitting machine grew the industry enormously, "For William Felkin, in his History of the Machine-Wrought Hosiery Manufactures (1867), tells us that the larger part of the 50,000 English stocking knitters and their families did not fully emerge from the hunger and misery entailed by the introduction of the machine for the next forty years." Obviously, any new/replacement jobs not only required different skills (abilities) but also capabilities - or it wouldn't have taken the knitters and their families generations to recover. It's difficult for me to reduce the analysis to some bottom line net figure when real people are involved, no less hundreds of thousands. Anyway, I'll reserve judgement until I've read it all, which I look forward to doing. I've actually had it on my to-do list for a while.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir