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We already speak of living multiple lives — one offline in the “real world” and as many virtual online lives as we care to manage. Rarely do we know how we look in our amorphous digital garb, or what it says about us. Data taken in aggregate can reveal information about us that we did not intend to share.
In 1930, Keynes had predicted that by the century’s end technology would have advanced sufficiently that developed countries like the United States and Great Britain would have achieved a 15-hour work week. While it is true that technology has led to massive gains in overall productivity, a three to four hour workday simply hasn’t materialized.
There is no doubt, for one, that workers are increasingly being squeezed out by robots and automation. And we’re not talking only about jobs at the lowest end of the pay scale– what were once considered “middle-class” jobs are also being hollowed out.