It’s time for the benefits of the A.I. revolution to be broadly distributed through an expanded social safety net.
And between 1990 and 2020, the federal government — and some state governments — repeatedly cut social program spending even as middle-class jobs disappeared as a result of outsourcing and automation.
The current wave of advanced automation differs from previous ones in that the machines of today outcompete humans in many tasks that require intelligence.
Last year, truck manufacturers successfully lobbied the federal government to phase out the requirement that all autonomous trucks be supervised by remote safety drivers.
As a result, the government in Beijing has expanded its Dibao social assistance program to help these displaced workers.