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A recent slew of articles have stoked the age old “man versus machine” debate, often suggesting that man is on the losing end of yet another automation battle. This Homeric contest has recently been waged publically by Watson (IBM’s artificial intelligence computer), which competed on the quiz show Jeopardy and beat two human challengers—the biggest all-time money winner and the record-holder for the longest win streak. This battle has now transitioned to a larger stage, the U.S. economy, where some have gone so far as to suggest that computers are already winning a much more important skirmish.

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