Two stories of our times may have passed nearly unnoticed in the Christmas Eve edition of The Washington Post. If you find yourself with a few quiet moments for reading, today or maybe tomorrow, I recommend the following from the 12-24-13 Post.
“Edward Snowden: I Already Won,” on Page One. It’s a long read, but it pulls the whole Snowden- NSA story together with some clarity.
And “How robots are stealing our jobs,” the chilling story in Economy & Business, page A13.
With politicians still promising to create “jobs, jobs, jobs” through the magic of economic growth — and naive people still buying the promise — the uprising of the robots remains almost a secret.
Let me whisper this in your ear: “In the competition for jobs with robots and “intelligent” computers, old fashioned human beings will lose. Pass it on.”
Maybe better not to think about it until tomorrow. With a heavy heart, I wish you a Merry Christmas.
— John Hayden