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Don’t fear the robots, and other lessons from a study of the digital economy

L. Rafael Reif, the president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, delivered an intellectual call to arms to the university’s faculty in November 2017: Help generate insights into how advancing technology has changed and will change the work force, and what policies would create opportunity for more Americans in the digital economy. ... Three years later, the task force assembled to address it is publishing its wide-ranging conclusions... In an extraordinarily comprehensive effort, they included labor market analysis, field studies and policy suggestions for changes in skills-training programs, the tax code, labor laws and minimum-wage rates.

Here are four of the key findings in the report:

Most American workers have fared poorly...

Robots and A.I. are not about to deliver a jobless future...

Worker training in America needs to match the market...

Workers need more power, voice and representation...