Rise of the Robots

Rise of the Robots

Technology and the Threat of A Jobless Future

eBook - 2016
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In today's fast-paced world, it's tough to find the time to read. But with Joosr guides, you can get the key insights from bestselling non-fiction titles in less than 20 minutes. Whether you want to gain knowledge on the go or find the books you'll love, Joosr's brief and accessible eBook summaries fit into your life. Find out more at joosr.com. When we think of robots it seems more science fiction than science fact. But what kind of automated technology is entering the workforce today, and how will it affect job growth and availability in the future? Discover the very real dangers that robots present to not only service industry jobs, but white-collar jobs as well. Rise of the Robots is a warning about advancing technology and how it will change the face of the workforce all around the world. Job creation today is primarily in the service sector, where robots are on the brink of taking over. And when automation moves into other industries too, where will people work and how will they support their families? And how would the possibility of mass unemployment affect the world. This book explores the automation problem and considers a possible government solution. You will learn: ʺ How robot technology could impact the service sector within the next decade ʺ Where automation is already imposing on jobs held by college-educated professionals ʺ Why robots pose a serious threat to the world economy, and what we could do about it.
Publisher: [United States]: Joosr Ltd , 2016.
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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You may be surprised to learn that jobs aren't necessarily being lost to outsourcing, but to somewhere else (hint: robots), and that these are all sorts of jobs, from white collar to manufacturing. This book offers some interesting insights and good dinner table discussion.

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Raschafe
Jan 12, 2016

Interesting read. If you are into technology or automation it gives you an idea of what some tech companies are already doing to improve processes with smart computing (composing songs, creating art, playing jeopardy, etc). It kind of lost me towards the end with the whole guaranteed income thing as it just felt a bit too far fetched but the first 80% was really good.

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Nov 11, 2015

I found this to be an intelligent, well researched book. Definitely worth reading. He's giving quite a bit of thought to what's likely to result from this ineluctable information revolution. Most interesting I thought was how we should deal with the likely situation of most people being unemployable. He references Hayek's proposals for a guaranteed income etc. How we could just give people money and let them do as they like (libertarian solution) or have an intrusive state manage.

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Conscioncience
Oct 18, 2015

Good overview of the topic. Too much political discussion not directly related to automation (e.g. healthcare spending). For a better discussion read The Second Machine Age

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StarGladiator
May 23, 2015

[I wonder if this author is employed with the Post-Human Corporation?] This book starts off with a faulty premise, that somehow predatory capitalism is positive, and that changes are forthcoming. Whether robotics or the greatest inequality now -- not only in US history, but up there in world history -- is extant in America, or any number of things, including a completely fraud-based, anti-meritocratic society, this empire is doomed! But they definitely require robotic brains over at the DIA where, in a 2012 report, they spoke of ISIS in Syria as an asset, and today it appears ISIS has their own agenda. This human brain predicts it spreads to Turkey, civil war there around 2020, with nukes lobbed into Europe from ISIS controlled territories in North Africa. [Always despise these nonthinking authors whose non-grasp of the labor market is such that they fancifully believe anyone with computer training will be successful, when people with tremendous experience have already suicided through inability to find work - - I am Kevin Flanagan!]

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delfon
May 03, 2015

Author carries on from his 'light at the end of the tunnel' book. Its a fairly puff piece, but shows characteristics of a technological viewpoint; (Bearing in mind, there are tww other classes; Artistic and Trades, both of which are conflicted by technology.
A lot is conjecture - but automatic, robot driven machines are here. (Check oout Uber robbing of robotic scientists to develop a driverless car). Not too much solid facts herein. A quick read for anyone trying to keep up.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/hasta-la-vista-employment/article24213810/

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Hadley
May 17, 2017

If we accept the idea that ever more investment in education and training is unlikely to solve our problems, while calls to somehow halt the rise of job automation are unrealistic, then we are ultimately forced to look beyond conventional policy prescriptions. In my view, the most effective solution is likely to be some form of basic income guarantee.

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