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How a grid on a computer screen gives us a glimpse of the future of automated work.

A grid on a computer screen took the world of accountancy by storm in the early 1980s, making many accounting tasks effortless. But should we consider this 'robot accountant' more carefully? As Tim Harford explains, the digital spreadsheet is a 40-year-old example of what automation could do to all of our jobs.

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Mon 20 May 2019 03:50GMT

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Steven Levy, 'A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge', Harper's November 1984

Planet Money - 'Spreadsheets!'. Episode 606, February 2015

Steve Jobs talking about VisiCalc in 1996 - Dan Bricklin

 

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