The Challenge Of Botsourcing

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Richard Vedder
Carl S. Guynes


Botsourcing, Offshoring, IT Workers, Man-Machine Systems, Unemployment, Retraining


Botsourcing is the augmentation or replacement of human jobs by robots or other computing systems.  This practice is growing in popularity for reasons both economic and technical.  Botsourcing will seriously challenge the human workforce, and in some cases humans will find themselves working alongside robots or other “intelligent’ computer systems.  In other cases, botsourcing will eliminate jobs and will force impacted humans to retrain.  This paper discusses the nature and appeal of botsourcing, as well as the challenge to human employment.


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