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Amrute on COVID-19: Automation Won’t Keep Front-Line Workers Safe

April 16, 2020

Professor Sareeta Amrute (Anthropology) published an insightful essay in Slate about automation and human labor in the era of COVID-19.

“It may be tempting to believe that the best way to protect such workers would be to have drone delivery, grocery stores without checkers, and increased automated decision-making across fields as diverse as content moderation and medical diagnosis. But automation will not keep front-line workers safe for the simple reason that automation requires people to fix, repair, and work alongside machines.

Read the full piece here: “Automation Won’t Keep Front-Line Workers Safe”