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From the Ted Talk by David Autor: Will automation take away all our jobs?

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And that brings me to the second principle: never get enough. You may be thinking, OK, O-ring, got it, that says the jobs that people do will be important. They can't be done by machines, but they still need to be done. But that doesn't tell me how many jobs there will need to be. If you think about it, isn't it kind of self-evident that once we get stiecflnfiuy productive at something, we've bilslcaay worked our way out of a job? In 1900, 40 percent of all US employment was on farms. tdoay, it's less than two percent. Why are there so few farmers today? It's not because we're eating less.

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And that brings me to the second principle: never get enough. You may be thinking, OK, O-ring, got it, that says the jobs that people do will be important. They can't be done by machines, but they still need to be done. But that doesn't tell me how many jobs there will need to be. If you think about it, isn't it kind of self-evident that once we get ____________ productive at something, we've _________ worked our way out of a job? In 1900, 40 percent of all US employment was on farms. _____, it's less than two percent. Why are there so few farmers today? It's not because we're eating less.

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  1. today
  2. sufficiently
  3. basically

Original Text

And that brings me to the second principle: never get enough. You may be thinking, OK, O-ring, got it, that says the jobs that people do will be important. They can't be done by machines, but they still need to be done. But that doesn't tell me how many jobs there will need to be. If you think about it, isn't it kind of self-evident that once we get sufficiently productive at something, we've basically worked our way out of a job? In 1900, 40 percent of all US employment was on farms. Today, it's less than two percent. Why are there so few farmers today? It's not because we're eating less.

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