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 NBCNews.com 12 Notable Science and Techlogy Books of 2015What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? As techlogy 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 t been transformed by information techlogy. The result could well be massive unemployment and inequality as well as the implosion of the consumer ecomy itself. The past solutions to techlogical disruption, especially more training and education, aren't going to work. We must decide, w, whether the future will see broad-based prosperity or catastrophic levels of inequality and ecomic insecurity. Rise of the Robots is essential reading to understand what accelerating techlogy means for our ecomic prospects,t to mention those of our children,as well as for society as a whole.
Martin Ford, the founder of a Silicon Valleybased software development firm, has over twenty-five years of experience in computer design and software development. The author of The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology, and the Economy of the Future, he lives in Sunnyvale, California.@MFordFuture