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MARK P. MILLS is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a faculty fellow with the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University, and a strategic partner in a tech venture fund.
Are robots finally replacing humans? Does the emerging age of artificial intelligence and automation mean we will soon see “peak jobs” and the need for a Universal Basic Income to support a widening swath of hapless citizens unsuited for employment in a future “knowledge” workforce? Productivity—reducing labor-hours per unit of product or service—has been the hallmark of progress for centuries.