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Rage Against the Machine?

Knowing How Technology and Artificial Intelligence Have — and Have Not — Affected Jobs in Recent Decades Offers Insight into How They Could Affect the Future of Work

Published Oct 11, 2023

by Tobias Sytsma, Éder M. Sousa

The authors explore how technology — especially artificial intelligence (AI) — has affected occupations in the United States in recent history by using natural language processing to sift through technology patents. They assess how AI has shifted exposure, how exposure to technology fluctuates over time, whether new technology reduces the need for human labor, and college degrees and routine cognitive tasks as indicators of exposure.

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