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


 

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

The New York Times-bestselling guide to how automation is changing the economy, undermining work, and reshaping our lives

“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.

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