This is the first in a series of posts exploring the intersection between economics, technology, and changing American lifestyles. There have been many stories recently about the impact of technology on jobs. This includes the impact technology has already had to predictions (both dire and utopian) for the future. Most readers of this blog are probably aware that automation and other factors in large-scale industries like automobile manufacturing and coal mining means jobs in those areas will never be growing again. This has relegated many former manufacturing workers to lower-paying jobs in the food-service and retail industries. However, those jobs are also disappearing due to competition from online retailers and the trend away from full service casual dining (think Outback) toward fast casual restaurants (Pei Wei) and assisted home cooking (Blue Apron).

Here are some articles and videos illustrating a number of different trends that will impact jobs in the near future:

A driverless future is coming — but it won’t start with self-driving cars

The First 3-D Printed House

Production Soared After This Factory Replaced 90% of Its Employees With Robots

Dying shopping malls are wreaking havoc on suburban America

Warren Buffett just dropped Walmart and signaled the death of retail as we know it

The Death Of Casual Dining In One Chart

Drones that Build Things