COMMENTARY: Robots don’t get sick. Will COVID-19 speed up workplace automation?

COMMENTARY: Robots don’t get sick. Will COVID-19 speed up workplace automation?

What is an essential worker? The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the very idea on its head. Retail salespeople, entertainers and baristas do not make the cut. Grocery clerks, warehouse stockers and delivery people do. Without these workers, the “rest of us” would starve and run out of toilet paper. Together with health-care workers and…