Robotic machines at the Saab Automobile plant in Trollhaettan, Sweden. Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images

The rise of automation has generated fears of mass joblessness, with McKinsey estimating that up to 800 million people — including a third of the work force in the U.S. and Germany — will be rendered jobless by 2030. But Swedish workers feel prepared for the robot revolution, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: As Swedish companies have profited from the efficiency of robots, wages have also gone up, as opposed to the U.S., where wages have stagnated for years. "The jobs disappear, and then we train people for new jobs. We won't protect jobs. But we will protect workers," Swedish minister for employment and integration, Ylva Johansson, told the Times.

The numbers:

  • 80% of Swedes view robots and AI positively, per a European Commission survey. By contrast, Pew reports that 72% of Americans are "worried" about robots and computer intelligence.
  • Sweden spends 27.1% of GDP on its social safety net — which includes job training and unemployment benefits — compared to 19.3% in the U.S., per the Times.

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A massive wildfire that prompted mandatory evacuations in Southern California over the weekend burned 26,450 acres and was 5% contained by Monday afternoon, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

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The Federal Trade Commission has accused Twitter of using phone numbers and emails from its users to make targeted ads between 2013 and 2019, Twitter said in an SEC filing published Monday.

Why it matters: Twitter estimates that the FTC's draft complaint, which was sent a few days after its Q2 earnings report, could cost the company between $150 million and $250 million. The complaint is unrelated to the recent Twitter hack involving a bitcoin scam.