Are machines taking over people’s jobs?

A question from Yahoo! Answers:

How many think that machine,are takeing over people jobs?

i hear a lot of peoples ,say they cant find a job, my self i think, it due to machines,,,by in the older days ,he did thing by hand ,an their was al way work to be found,,, but now we moveing to fast, an letting machine take over,

This has been going on since the beginning of civilization. The earliest known reaper, for example, was invented in Rome around the time of Christ and gave free farmers an enormous advantage in competing against landlords using slave labor…

Yes, jobs are lost to machines, but they are also created by machines. Hundred years ago, port workers were among the lowest-paid and the most overworked, since their job was to carry cargo onboard or off the ship on their backs. Compare that to port workers of today; the majority are skilled machinists, many earn more than college graduates of equal seniority…

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