What really matters is the discussions taking place about the realities and consequential issues of twenty-first-century manufacturing. This did not happen during the 2016 election. Trump simply made ludicrous assertions that would appeal to angry, no-information working class voters, and pretty much everyone else was busy making a living and thinking about what new toys they were going to buy.
The problem is we have a satire-film president in the White House who is psychologically incapable of being 1) normal and 2) competent. So the future of work in a global economy as a topic won’t take place politically because that requires intelligence, rationality and pragmatic potential “solutions.” Democrats would do well to own this topic while Republicans are deciding whether they are willing to stop Trump from destroying their party by 2018.
By the way, while a largely well-done piece, I think the author overstates the trajectory of automation in both timeline and scope. And there are many non-software opportunities that will accompany a more realistic overall assessment. But automation and AI will continue to change much of what we call work, and it’s a one-way evolution…no going back.