- June 1, 2017: Vol. 29, Number 6

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All a go-go: Politics, automation, robotization and the end of globalization

by Geoffrey Dohrmann

With all eyes focused on the election in France (where Emmanuel Macron, a political outsider, defeated nationalist Marine Le Pen in the second round — Ed.), as well as upcoming elections in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe, it is easy to lose sight of the causes of the unrest that seems to be percolating throughout society just about everywhere in the Western world — witness the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.

Surely immigration from Asia, the Middle East and Africa is at the forefront, placing strains on government resources and social safety nets, and (at least potentially, in the long run) increasing competition for jobs? Maybe not.

Competitive pressure for job seekers is even more concerning today, as advances in automation and robot technology appear to be accelerating. The year 2012 seems to have been a turning point, as revolutionary advances on both the hardware and software sides of artificial intelligence made

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