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

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Edited by: Yara Sameh

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.

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.

Paperback: 368 pages
Author: Martin Ford
Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (July 12، 2016)
Language: English
Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches

Editorial Reviews

"As Martin Ford documents in Rise of the Robots، the job-eating maw of technology now threatens even the nimblest and most expensively educated...the human consequences of robotization are already upon us، and skillfully chronicled here."―New York Times Book Review

"Mr. Ford lucidly sets out myriad examples of how focused applications of versatile machines (coupled with human helpers where necessary) could displace or de-skill many jobs.... His answer to a sharp decline in employment is a guaranteed basic income، a safety net that he suggests would both cushion the effect on the newly unemployable and encourage entrepreneurship among those creative enough to make a new way for themselves. This is a drastic prescription for the ills of modern industrialization--ills whose severity and very existence are hotly contested. Rise of the Robots provides a compelling case that they are real."―Wall Street Journal

"As Martin Ford documents in Rise of the Robots، the job-eating maw of technology now threatens even the nimblest and most expensively educated...the human consequences of robotization are already upon us، and skillfully chronicled here."―New York Times Book Review

"Mr. Ford lucidly sets out myriad examples of how focused applications of versatile machines (coupled with human helpers where necessary) could displace or de-skill many jobs.... His answer to a sharp decline in employment is a guaranteed basic income، a safety net that he suggests would both cushion the effect on the newly unemployable and encourage entrepreneurship among those creative enough to make a new way for themselves. This is a drastic prescription for the ills of modern industrialization--ills whose severity and very existence are hotly contested. Rise of the Robots provides a compelling case that they are real."―Wall Street Journal

"Surveying all the fields now being affected by automation، Ford makes a compelling case that this is an historic disruption--a fundamental shift from most tasks being performed by humans to one where most tasks are done by machines."―Fast Company

"Lucid، comprehensive and unafraid to grapple fairly with those who dispute Ford's basic thesis، Rise of the Robots is an indispensable contribution to a long-running argument."―Los Angeles Times

"An alarming new book."―Esquire

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