The Wall Street Journal reports that instead of rehiring, as was the pattern on emerging from past recessions, businesses are making capital investments in new machinery. Is the automation crisis predicted by Norbert Wiener back in the 1950’s finally upon us?
Michael Tobis, editor-in-chief of Planet3.0 and site cofounder, has always been interested in the interface between science and public policy. He holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences where he developed a 3-D ocean model on a custom computing platform. He has been involved in sustainability conversations on the internet since 1992, has been a web software developer since 2000, and has been posting sustainability articles on the web since 2007.