Does this article make you flash back to high school and recall Vonnegut’s Player Piano? So, facing the double threat of China and computers — what will we do all day long? MIT’s David Autor says; “There is no reason to think that technology creates unemployment. Over the long run we find things for people to do. The harder question is, does changing technology always lead to better jobs? The answer is no.”
Paul Romer has demonstrated that teaching assistants can be replaced by computers. So, will professors be replaced by machines? The University of California is trying to lure professors who teach large intro classes to create online content. If “star professors” create great “Yoda Holograms” then individual campuses could choose to offer fewer intro sections and have their students login and take the Superstar’s course. Would this lower the demand for faculty or allow the faculty to teach more specialized classes?