The phrase â€œeasy to imagineâ€ has all the virtues of theft over honest toil. It is â€œeasy to imagineâ€ that the Kaiser won the Great War and that Iâ€™m writing in German (and a pith helmet). Likewise, it is easy to imagine Jacob Hackerâ€™s now-largely-discredited thesis of income volatility and our current cyclical financial worries defining domestic politics in a generation, but why would we bother to imagine it? Letâ€™s imagine instead the centrality of the coming â€œrobot gapâ€ in American politics.
I, for one, welcome our new robot employees. Er, and employers. But that’s not actually Will’s point.