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The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment

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If a `robot' could do your job quicker than you and better than you for no pay, would you still be employed?



Today it's travel agents, data-analyst and paralegals whose jobs are under threat. Soon it will be doctors, taxi-drivers and, ironically, even computer programmers. Without a radical reassessment of our economic and political structures, we risk the implosion of the capitalist economy itself.



In a frightening tour of artificial intelligence's rapid advances, technology expert Martin Ford draws on a wealth of economic data from both the US and the UK to outline the terrifying societal implications of the robots' rise. From health and education to finance and technology, his warning is stark: any job that is on some level routine is likely to be automated and if we are to see a future of prosperity rather than catastrophe we must act now.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesSocial forecasting, future studiesScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesImpact of science & technology on society Publisher: Oneworld Publications Publication Date: 02/06/2016 ISBN-13: 9781780748481  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Martin Ford, the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm, has over twenty-five years of experience in computer design and software development. He was the first modern writer to raise the issue of technology-led unemployment. He lives in Sunnyvale, California and tweets at @MFordFuture.

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