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The future of work

Jetson jobs, wealth workers, and, for a while longer, the husks of former occupations

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ATLANTA – I hadn’t driven far beyond the city before I came across what seemed to me to be the future, in the form of a Waffle House beside the Interstate highway.   These restaurants are ubiquitous across the South; in method, if not in menu, they are equal and opposite to McDonald’s. At McDonald’s, nearly all the workers are in the back, tending the machines. At Waffle House, everybody is out front: ten or twelve staffers standing around behind a counter, everybody from the manager to a pair of griddle cooks whose backs were turned to me. The little restaurant