America has valued the rewards of hard work since its founding. Even so, we’ve long anticipated a future when machines would free us from the toil of labor, and that day may be close at hand. Computer scientists and software engineers are developing technologies that could replace jobs at an exponential rate. And what then? What would our world be like without work? The journalist Derek Thompson investigates that question in a new article for The Atlantic magazine, and he joins us Wednesday to talk about it.
Derek Thompson's article "A World Without Work" is the cover story of The Atlantic magazine's July 2015 issue.
DEREK THOMPSON is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.