A big thanks to Forbes for helping to quell this harmful myth…
To further delve into the topic, the researchers examine particular skill-sets to explore whether some were more impacted by recessions than others. They focused specifically on middle-skilled workers, whom they classify as having a high-school qualification, or even some post-school qualification, but no degree. The jobs filled by such people are typically easier to automate as they involve more routine tasks.
The study found that such workers had not seen a rise in joblessness of recovery in recent years, with that trend consistent across the developed world. Or to put it another way, there is no evidence that modern technologies are hurting middle-skilled workers more than was previously the case. -- Forbes
I’m not sure if the proponents of this myth are motivated by the usual Luddite fear of the unknown or if there is some other hidden agenda at work here.
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