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The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment - Martin Ford



Publisher: Oneworld Publications

The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment

The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment
Winner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2015

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WINNER OF THE FINANCIAL TIMES AND MCKINSEY BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2015 Artificial intelligence is already well on its way to making 'good jobs' obsolete: many paralegals, doctors, and ironically even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by robots. As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves, fewer jobs will be necessary. In terms of societal and economic upheaval, this is most important technological shift since the industrial revolution. And, unless we radically reassess the fundamentals of how our economy and politics work, we risk a future of massive unemployment and inequality as well as the implosion of the economy itself. In Rise of the Robots, Martin Ford offers both an exploration of this new technology and a call to arms to face its implications. Ford's warning rings clearly: robots are coming, and we must decide - now - whether the future will see prosperity or catastrophe.

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Number of Pages 352


ure, health care, and education for all; or to a world of inequality, mass unemployment, and a war between the haves and have-nots, and between the machines and the workers left behind? Ford doesn't claim to have all of the answers, but he asks the right questions and offers a highly informed and panoramic view of the debate. This is an excellent book that offers us a sophisticated glimpse into our possible futures." -- Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University and author of The Age of Sustainable Development "A careful and courageous examination of automation and its possible impact on society." Kirkus Reviews "Of all the moderns who have written on automation and rising joblessness, Martin Ford is the original. The Rise of the Robots is self-recommending." Marginal Revolution "It's not easy to accept, but it's true. Education and hard work will no longer guarantee success for huge numbers of people as technology advances. The time for denial is over. Now it's time to consider solutions and there are very few proposals on the table. Rise of the Robots presents one idea, the basic income model, with clarity and force. No one who cares about the future of human dignity can afford to skip this book." -- Jaron Lanier, author of You Are Not a Gadget and Who Owns the Future?