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

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

by Martin Ford

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465040674
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 387,652
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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.
@MFordFuture

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Automation Waves
Chapter 2. Is This Time Different?
Chapter 3. Information Technology: An Unprecedented Force for Disruption
Chapter 4. White-Collar Jobs at Risk
Chapter 5. Transforming Higher Education
Chapter 6. The Health Care Challenge
Chapter 7. Technologies and Industries of the Future
Chapter 8. Consumers, Limits to Growth . . . and Crisis?
Chapter 9. Super-Intelligence and the Singularity
Chapter 10. Toward a New Economic Paradigm

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