The Wealth of Humans

The Wealth of Humans

Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-first Century

Book - 2016
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None of us has ever lived through a genuine industrial revolution. Until now. Digital technology is transforming every corner of the economy, fundamentally altering the way things are done, who does them, and what they earn for their efforts. In The Wealth of Humans, Economist editor Ryan Avent brings up-to-the-minute research and reporting to bear on the major economic question of our time: can the modern world manage technological changes every bit as disruptive as those that shook the socioeconomic landscape of the 19th century? Traveling from Shenzhen, to Gothenburg, to Mumbai, to Silicon Valley, Avent investigates the meaning of work in the twenty-first century: how technology is upending time-tested business models and thrusting workers of all kinds into a world wholly unlike that of a generation ago. It's a world in which the relationships between capital and labor and between rich and poor have been overturned. Past revolutions required rewriting the social contract: this one is unlikely to demand anything less. Avent looks to the history of the Industrial Revolution and the work of numerous experts for lessons in reordering society. The future needn't be bleak, but as The Wealth of Humans explains, we can't expect to restructure the world without a wrenching rethinking of what an economy should be.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781250075802
Characteristics: viii, 276 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 30, 2018

This book is a mixed bag. Some of it is okay although it generally rehashes the same material generally out there on the future of work. Some of it seems out of touch by a smug and out of touch elitist. It's a tedious read at times.

Sep 02, 2016

[Skimmed this one at the book store, and glad I didn't purchase it!]
This is a perfect example of taking a subject, and reframing it so that there is little related to the actual reality. Much the same as the history I learned growing up: that farmers yearned to work in dingy, dangerous factories new to the scene, not that they were thrown off their lands so they had no where else to work!
Anything you accept from this author should first be strenuously verified, if at all possible! [Uber, Taskrabbit, LawTrades, HouseCalls, AirBnB, these aren't paradigm shifts from new digital technology, simply a reframing of reducing everything down to its lowest economic denominator!]


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