When industries rapidly apply new technology, people who possess the skills and knowledge to master it prosper, while...

Chazz on January 4 at 05:56AM

Completely lost

How is the answer choice possible? Please give me a breakdown.

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Ravi on January 5 at 06:02PM

@DonChris,

Happy to help. We're tasked with completing the argument. From the
stimulus, we know that when industries rapidly apply new technology,
people who possess the skills and knowledge to master it prosper,
while many others lose their jobs.

However, the passage notes that firms that resist such technological
innovation will eventually be superseded by those that do not, which
means that all of their employees' jobs will be lost.

The argument then says that resisting the application of new technology will...

What will it do?

Prediction: We know from the stimulus that resistance to new
technology is futile and will still lead to a loss of jobs eventually.

Let's look at the answers to see how they match to our prediction
we've made just above.

Answer A is incorrect because it says that resisting the application
of new technology in industry is less likely to dislocate workers than
it is to create job security for them. However, we have evidence that
it is MORE likely to dislocate workers, so this answer is wrong.

Answer B is incorrect because, as the stimulus notes, resisting will
still affect all people, not only those who possess technical skills.

Answer C is correct; it says that resisting cannot prevent job loss in
the long run, and we know this to be true from the stimulus ("but
firms that resist technological innovations will eventually be
superseded by those that do not"). This lines up well with the
prediction we made above.

Answer D is incorrect because it does not eventually create more jobs
than it destroys. It eventually destroys more jobs than it creates
since the businesses lose all of their employees.

Answer E is incorrect because we have no support in the passage that
resistance must take priority. In fact, if anything, we have support
that resistance is a pointless pursuit.

Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any more questions!