Unemployment - A Technologist's Perspective September 1993.
Is the search for a solution to the present unemployment problem too narrowly
focused? The papers in much of the literature are written primarily from
an economic perspective. Of particular concern is the minimal attention
which is being paid to the significant changes that are taking place in
society both within Ireland and internationally as a result of the deployment
of labour displacing technologies. These changes are without precedent in
terms of their scale, pervasiveness, and above all the rate at which they
are occurring. The conclusions of this paper derive from the principle that
when a technology is deployed minimal benefits are achieved and problems
follow if insufficient attention is paid to harmonising the use of that
technology with the work practices and lifestyles of people.
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