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Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
By Martin Ford and Jeff Cummings (narrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Brilliance Audio
Publication date May 5, 2015
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Mp3 una
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781480574779
ISBN-10 1480574775
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 6.50 in.
Weight 0.17 lbs.
Original list price $14.99
Other format details audio
Summaries and Reviews
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In a world of self-driving cars and big data, smart algorithms and Siri, we know that artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day. Though all these nifty devices and programs might make our lives easier, they're also well on their way to making "good" jobs obsolete. A computer winning Jeopardy might seem like a trivial, if impressive, feat, but the same technology is making paralegals redundant as it undertakes electronic discovery, and is soon to do the same for radiologists. And that, no doubt, will only be the beginning.

In Silicon Valley the phrase "disruptive technology" is tossed around on a casual basis. No one doubts that technology has the power to devastate entire industries and upend various sectors of the job market. But Rise of the Robots asks a bigger question: can accelerating technology disrupt our entire economic system to the point where a fundamental restructuring is required? Companies like Facebook and YouTube may only need a handful of employees to achieve enormous valuations, but what will be the fate of those of us not lucky or smart enough to have gotten into the great shift from human labor to computation?

The more Pollyannaish, or just simply uninformed, might imagine that this industrial revolution will unfold like the last: even as some jobs are eliminated, more will be created to deal with the new devices of a new era. In Rise of the Robots, Martin Ford argues that is absolutely not the case. Increasingly, machines will be able to take care of themselves, and fewer jobs will be necessary. The effects of this transition could be shattering. Unless we begin to radically reassess the fundamentals of how our economy works, we could have both an enormous population of the unemployed-the truck drivers, warehouse workers, cooks, lawyers, doctors, teachers, programmers, and many, many more, whose labors have been rendered superfluous by automated and intelligent machines-and a general economy that, bereft of consumers, implodes under the weight of its own contradictions. We are at an inflection point-do we continue to listen to those who argue that nothing fundamental has changed, and take a bad bet on a miserable future, or do we begin to discuss what we must do to ensure all of us, and not just the few, benefit from the awesome power of artificial intelligence? The time to choose is now.

Rise of the Robots is a both an exploration of this new technology and a call to arms to address its implications. Written by a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur, this is a book that cannot be dismissed as the ranting of a Luddite or an outsider. Ford has seen the future, and he knows that for some of us, the rise of the robots will be very frightening indeed.



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780465059997
 
from Basic Books (May 5, 2015)
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.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780465097531
 
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 livesWinner of Best Business Book of the Year awards from the Financial Times and from Forbes"Lucid, comprehensive, and unafraid.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781480574724 Book cover for 9781480574779
 
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: In a world of self-driving cars and big data, smart algorithms and Siri, we know that artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day.
The price comparison is for this edition
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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