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Critics view automation, the production of more with less, as a net

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Critics view automation, the production of more with less, as a net negative – it leads to fewer auto plant jobs which implies fewer paychecks, they reason. Yet, this technological improvement is one of the main ingredients of economic growth. It leads to increasing wages and a higher standard of living for workers who retain their jobs. Moreover, most displaced workers learn new skills, and these workers find that their skills are put to more productive use.

Of the following claims, which is most strongly supported by the statements given?

(A) Despite offering higher wages for some individuals, automation has not won acclaims from every critic.
(B) Displaced because of automation, workers who learn new skills end up earning more than they did in their previous jobs.
(C) People who retain their jobs after automation is implemented need to learn new skills to earn more.
(D) All workers displaced because of automation can find that their skills are put to productive use.
(E) There are cost-effective avenues that provide new skills to people who lose their jobs because of advancements in technology
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Critics view automation, the production of more with less, as a net negative ??? it leads to fewer auto plant jobs which implies fewer paychecks, they reason. Yet, this technological improvement is one of the main ingredients of economic growth. It leads to increasing wages and a higher standard of living for workers who retain their jobs. Moreover, most displaced workers learn new skills, and these workers find that their skills are put to more productive use.

Of the following claims, which is most strongly supported by the statements given?

(A) Despite offering higher wages for some individuals, automation has not won acclaims from every critic.
(B) Displaced because of automation, workers who learn new skills end up earning more than they did in their previous jobs.
(C) People who retain their jobs after automation is implemented need to learn new skills to earn more.
(D) All workers displaced because of automation can find that their skills are put to productive use.
(E) There are cost-effective avenues that provide new skills to people who lose their jobs because of advancements in technology
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Good Question. Similar to one herebut with different options and question stem.

Let me decode the passage for everyone here:

Critics said: Automaton is bad.

Author said: There is improvement in something.

Pre Think: This means what author said is not acclaimed by critics.

We need to conclude something.

(A) Despite offering higher wages for some individuals, automation has not won acclaims from every critic. --> This is what I pre thinked. Hence, correct

(B) Displaced because of automation, workers who learn new skills end up earning more than they did in their previous jobs. --> How do we know this? We are told they found themselves more productive. This doesn't mean they are actually earning more. OUT.

(C) People who retain their jobs after automation is implemented need to learn new skills to earn more. --> We are never told anything about what they have to do. OUT

(D) All workers displaced because of automation can find that their skills are put to productive use. --> We are given for Most. Not All. OUT

(E) There are cost-effective avenues that provide new skills to people who lose their jobs because of advancements in technology --> Really? So what? I don't care. OUT.
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Hi abhimahna

It makes sense now!

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abhimahna .. now finally understood the argument.
Very nice explanation.
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Critics view automation, the production of more with less, as a net negative – it leads to fewer auto plant jobs which implies fewer paychecks, they reason. Yet, this technological improvement is one of the main ingredients of economic growth. It leads to increasing wages and a higher standard of living for workers who retain their jobs. Moreover, most displaced workers learn new skills, and these workers find that their skills are put to more productive use.

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Boil it down - In spite of all positives of automation, critics view automation as bad .

(A) Despite offering higher wages for some individuals, automation has not won acclaims from every critic. - Correct
(B) Displaced because of automation, workers who learn new skills end up earning more than they did in their previous jobs. - May or May not be true - they might be earning the same or even lesser than before
(C) People who retain their jobs after automation is implemented need to learn new skills to earn more. - Out of scope - the passage does not tell about people , who retain their jobs, need to learn new skills
(D) All workers displaced because of automation can find that their skills are put to productive use. - Incorrect- most displaced workers learn new skills, and these workers find that their skills are put to more productive use.
(E) There are cost-effective avenues that provide new skills to people who lose their jobs because of advancements in technology - Out of scope -

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