Innovation Hub

Race Against the Machine

By Kara Miller

Robots are seen on the floor of the Tesla factory. (patrick_h/flickr)

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We dive into a big debate about the economy with the authors of the widely-discussed book, Race Against the Machine, who argue that the stagnant unemployment rate may not be about to get better any time soon.

In fact, they say, computers may allow the economy to do perfectly well without ever getting anywhere close to full employment. But the consequences could be dire, turning us into a chronically-underemployed country, where some are helped by computers and others are displaced by them.

They’ll sketch out their vision for us and offer a potential solution. Where is this trend going? And will it lead to a great divide between the haves and the have nots?


  • Andrew McAfee, author; principal research scientist, at MIT’s Center for Digital Business
  • Erik Brynjolfsson, author; director of the MIT Center for Digital Business



About Innovation Hub

Each week, Kara Miller talks to Boston's most innovative thinkers, examining new ideas and potential solutions to today’s many challenges. Topics range from education to health care to green energy. Join us on Saturdays at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m.

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As a radio host, Kara Miller has interviewed thinkers from E.J. Dionne to Howard Gardner, Deepak Chopra to Lani Guinier. She is a panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press," as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The National Journal, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and The International Herald Tribune.

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