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by David Wojick 25 Oct, 2010 in Technology
Scientific progress has changed the world, including the nature of work. Two hundred years ago most people lived on the land. One hundred years ago most people still worked with their hands. Today most people think for a living. Industrial production is being replaced by cognitive production.
Many, perhaps most, of the jobs that people hold today did not even exist until recently. Not only does scientific and technological progress create jobs, it creates better jobs. We often describe human progress in terms of improved quality of life, and this includes the quality of work life. The progress of work is one of the greatest human achievements.