"America's productivity boom could not have happened without lower tariffs and freer global trade in the postwar period, but that is only part of the story. The primary reason we can do more with less -- first in agriculture, then in manufacturing, now in everything -- is simpler: humans are smart. And we use our smarts to identify tasks that can be routinized. We then fashion robots and other machines to do those tasks for us. New technologies displace humans over time, because humans plan it that way. We literally think ourselves out of our jobs."
- Ben Sasse