(Discussion of another book, about unpaid shadow work, omitted for the moment.) http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/books/review/rise-of-the-robots-and-shadow-work.html It really is time for the political process to start dealing with this. There is a shortage of jobs for unskilled manual laborers in just about every country in the world except North Korea. Its going to become a shortage of jobs for everyone. Are we doomed to become garrison states? And, about that "meaningful engagement" -- the negative income tax isn't likely to provide that.