Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is worried that Walmart's plans to increase automated labor is part of a trend that could "crush" the U.S. labor force, according to a Fox Business report. Recent research seems to suggest that his concern is not unfounded.
"The future is coming right at us, and honest to goodness, I just think everybody listening to you should be demanding that public officials start coming up with some approaches to how we're going to protect human beings and our lives from this," said Clinton.
The problem will be to ensure the workforce can fill the new sorts of jobs that will become available.
No reputable economist believes protectionism is good.
Technological change has had a far greater impact on U.S. jobs than any trade deal.
Call center workers can handle the short-tempered customers. The threat is the automated chatbots that could replace them.
Using government force to protect American workers from foreign competition will lead to less trade. And possibly fascism.
Does Trump want Americans to build things? Or does he want us digging with spoons?