NYTIMES.COM: Job Automation and its impact on people

As noted in this report, “Today’s jobs — white collar, blue collar or no collar — require more education and interpersonal skills than those in the past. And many of the people whose jobs have already been automated can’t find new ones. Technology leads to economic growth, but the benefits aren’t being parceled out equally. Policy makers have the challenge of helping workers share the gains…  A broad area of agreement: People need to learn new skills to work in the new economy”...  “The best response is to increase the skills of the labor force,” said Gregory Mankiw, an economist at Harvard.