How Certain Are You That Robots Won’t Create as Many Jobs as They Displace?

Despite what techno-doomsayers claim, robots and automation will not destroy the economy, says Rob Atkinson in his latest Christian Science Monitor column. In fact, they will actually boost productivity, lower prices, increase wages, and create jobs. ITIF is so confident that these economic principles hold true in the current wave of technological innovation that we hereby challenge the naysayers. We will give $2,500 to the first techno-doomsayer who accepts our challenge and can show that in 10 years, despite continued advances in automation, the U.S. unemployment rate has become jarringly different than it is today.