Rise of the Robots

Rise of the Robots

Technology and the Threat of A Jobless Future

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A artificial-intelligence entrepreneur offers a stark warning about the necessary steps that must be taken to keep an automated economy from being a massively unjust one.
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Nov 26, 2018

A good counter weight to technocratic triumphalism, this concentrates on the sociological impact of artificial intelligence ( not really robots as popularised). Quite enough to make one concerned, with a universal basic income as the only solution offered.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!]

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.



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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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