Editorial: Scary reading for rural America - #technoskeptic

" If you want to read something grim, depressing and sometimes downright scary this Halloween season, you could try a Stephen King novel.

Or you could read the report “The Future of Work” by the New York-based consulting firm McKinsey & Company. The King novel might have more gripping prose, but the McKinsey report is much more frightening because it’s not made up.

That’s not even the scariest part. This is: “We modeled scenarios with varying timelines for the widespread adoption of automation technologies in the American workplace and base our research on the midpoint adoption scenario. Our model shows some local economies experiencing more disruption than others. At the high end of the displacement spectrum are 512 counties, home to 20.3 million people, where more than 25 percent of workers could be displaced. The vast majority (429 counties) are rural areas in the Americana and distressed Americana segments. In contrast, urban areas with more diversified economies and workers with higher educational attainment, such as Washington, D.C., and Durham, N.C., might feel somewhat less severe effects from automation; just over 20 percent of their workforces are likely to be displaced.”

Let’s translate that: In rural America, more than 25% of the workers might be “displaced” by automated, a kind way of saying “replaced.” Even in high-tech communities such as Northern Virginia and the Research Triangle, the figure might be more than 20%."

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