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Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Basic Books
Publication date May 5, 2015
Pages 334
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780465059997
ISBN-10 0465059996
Dimensions 1.50 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.25 lbs.
Original list price $28.99
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description:
Winner of the 2015 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award
A New York Times Bestseller
Top Business Book of 2015 at Forbes
One of 12 Notable Science and Technology Books of 2015

What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? We might imagine—and hope—that today's industrial revolution will unfold like the last: even as some jobs are eliminated, more will be created to deal with the new innovations of a new era. In Rise of the Robots, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Martin Ford argues that this is absolutely not the case. 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.

In Rise of the Robots, Ford details what machine intelligence and robotics can accomplish, and implores employers, scholars, and policy makers alike to face the implications. The past solutions to technological disruption, especially more training and education, aren't going to work, and 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 for anyone who wants to understand what accelerating technology means for their own economic prospects—not to mention those of their children—as well as for society as a whole.

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9780465059997 | details & prices | 334 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $28.99
About: Winner of the 2015 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year AwardA New York Times BestsellerTop Business Book of 2015 at ForbesOne of NBCNews.
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from Basic Books (July 12, 2016)
9780465097531 | details & prices | 352 pages | List price $16.99
About: The New York Times-bestselling guide to how automation is changing the economy, undermining work, and reshaping our lives"Lucid, comprehensive, and unafraid.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Jeff Cummings (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Brilliance Audio (May 5, 2015)
9781480574724 | details & prices | 6.50 × 5.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.48 lbs | List price $29.99
About: Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future [audioCD] Ford, Martin,Cummings, Jeff [May 05, 2015]
With Jeff Cummings (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio (May 5, 2015)
9781480574779 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.17 lbs | List price $14.99
About: In a world of self-driving cars and big data, smart algorithms and Siri, we know that artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day.
Cassette/Spoken Word
With John Archambault | from Silver Burdett Pr (January 1, 1997); titled "The Birth of a Whale"
9780382395680 | details & prices | List price $5.00
This edition also contains The Birth of a Whale
About: Beautiful full-color artwork portrays the process of a mother whale giving birth to her child in the shadowy sea while the father whale sings along her side to comfort her, in a study based on the latest scientific information.

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