Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

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Basic Books, May 5, 2015 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
The New York Times-bestselling guide to how automation is changing the economy, undermining work, and reshaping our lives
Winner of Best Business Book of the Year awards from the Financial Times and from Forbes
"Lucid, comprehensive, and unafraid...;an indispensable contribution to a long-running argument."--Los Angeles Times

What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves, fewer people will be necessary. Artificial intelligence is already well on its way to making "good jobs" obsolete: many paralegals, journalists, office workers, and even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by robots and smart software. As progress continues, blue and white collar jobs alike will evaporate, squeezing working- and middle-class families ever further. At the same time, households are under assault from exploding costs, especially from the two major industries-education and health care-that, so far, have not been transformed by information technology. The result could well be massive unemployment and inequality as well as the implosion of the consumer economy itself.
The past solutions to technological disruption, especially more training and education, aren't going to work. We must decide, now, whether the future will see broad-based prosperity or catastrophic levels of inequality and economic insecurity. Rise of the Robots is essential reading to understand what accelerating technology means for our economic prospects-not to mention those of our children-as well as for society as a whole.
 

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User Review  - infjsarah - LibraryThing

Well - this was a depressing read. Ford's hypothesis is that unless you are one of the mega rich, the future is very bleak indeed as soon algorithms i.e artificial intelligence will pretty much be ... Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel.Estes - LibraryThing

I read Orwell's 1984 a few months back and, at the time, it was the most horrific thing I'd read all year. And then I read this book, Rise of the Robots. Author Martin Ford paints one heck of a scary ... Read full review

Contents

The Automation Wave
1
Is This Time Different?
29
Information Technology An Unprecedented Force for Disruption
63
WhiteCollar Jobs at Risk
83
Transforming Higher Education
129
The Health Care Challenge
145
Technologies and Industries of the Future
175
Consumers Limits to Growth and Crisis?
193
SuperIntelligence and the Singularity
229
Toward a New Economic Paradigm
249
Conclusion
281
Acknowledgments
285
Notes
287
Index
317
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Martin Ford, the founder of a Silicon Valley–based software development firm, has over twenty-five years of experience in computer design and software development. The author of The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology, and the Economy of the Future, he lives in Sunnyvale, California.
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