Seth Godin has written a fantastic article about how the internet revolution has ended the industrial times:
The industrial age, the one that started with the industrial revolution, is fading away. It is no longer the growth engine of the economy and it seems absurd to imagine that great pay for replaceable work is on the horizon.
Read the signs. The future is already here.
Update: The Economist describes this development in a little more depth (plus a few numbers). The author argues that "artificial intelligence" will replace even cognitive and some creative work in typical middle-income white collar work like retail, legal, and information services.