At a time when the Trump administration is promising to make America
great again by restoring old-school manufacturing jobs, AI researchers
aren’t taking him too seriously. They know that these jobs are never coming back,
thanks in no small part to their own research, which will eliminate so
many other kinds of jobs in the years to come, as well. At Asilomar,
they looked at the real US economy, the real reasons for the “hollowing
out” of the middle class. The problem isn’t immigration—far from it. The
problem isn’t offshoring or taxes or regulation. It’s technology.