In an op-ed for NewCo Shift, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore states tech companies must move to protect workers who may be adversely affected by automation, even if lawmakers will not.

If left unchallenged, Washington’s current direction will be disastrous not only for American workers but also for the tech sector. For the benefits of autonomous technology will only be realized if there is a strong social insurance and safety net infrastructure in place to help workers in need while positioning them for the jobs of the future.