Feb 28, 2018 - Technology

Lawmaker worries automation will lead to "hollowing out" middle class

Sen. Gary Peters

Sen. Gary Peters at an Axios event Wednesday morning. Photo: Chuck Kennedy / Axios

Michigan Sen. Gary Peters said at an Axios event today that he's worried increased automation due to growth in machine learning will gut the middle class:

"Now I’m not one of these folks who think that all the jobs are going to disappear and we won’t have work," Peters said. “However, I am concerned that if you have a hollowing out of the middle class you may have just two types of jobs.”

Why it matters: Peters, the author of draft legislation meant to address the rise of self-driving cars, is at the frontline of this debate. But Congress has yet to act on renewed concerns about automation and job loss.

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