Software is driving most techlogy today, from PCs to mobile phones to thermostats. Software can evolve quickly, and that factor is driving an accelerating pace of change in techlogy. Software is also becoming more tightly connected to humans through advances in dealing with speech and human language, as well as being always available through mobile devices. As our connection to techlogy tightens, it drives rapid cultural evolution, in effect changing what it means to be human. Techlogical change driven by software also impacts our ecomy in basic ways, as computer techlogy drives more aspects of production, marketing, services, and sales. Software advances allow techlogy to do more tasks formerly requiring humans, creating efficiencies-productivity enhancements-that can grow the ecomy. On the other hand, the rapid changes are affecting the ecomy at a pace that is overcoming human abilities to adapt to the job opportunities available and companies' ability to adapt to rapid market changes. We are seeing today the impact of that fundamental ecomic change in persistent unemployment and in stress on some major companies that have historically been solid performers. The Software Society digs into these fundamental trends of software's impact on our culture and our ecomy. It explains the trend to use computer intelligence to enhance our human intelligence and discusses its potential and limitations. The book digs into the ecomic risk caused by automation moving faster than people's ability to adapt to the change, and suggests solutions to address this danger.