What An Expensive SF Restaurant That Can't Afford Waiters Tells Us About the Future of Higher Ed

Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, Jun 29, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a case of a writer wanting to have it both ways. On the one hand, "Jobs that were once done by 2 people are now done by 1." On the other hand, "Almost everything that happens at a university that is of any value is done by a person." I think that what we'll find is that as automation takes over the quality of a university education doesn't decline as much as you think it would. Sure, automation is not as good as it could be. But like self-driving cars, we might find that the robots do a lot of cognitive tasks better than the humans. Photo: New York Times in a story about the restaurant.

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