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May 24, 2023

People are saying that artificial intelligence will destroy jobs and enslave humans. We’ve heard this many times before. Before artificial intelligence, people said it about computers. Before computers, they said it about machines. Not only were people wrong before, they were spectacularly wrong. They’re likely wrong again.

Foolishness of the week: 09:15
Main episode: 10:16

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Foolishness of the Week

Topic of the Week

Labor productivity (output per hour per worker)
Up 2% per year since 1950

1939: 30 million
Today: 156 million

Employment population ratio (employees per people 25 to 54 years old)
1950s: 65%
Today: 81%

Real disposable personal income
Almost quadruple today what it was in the 1950s

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