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Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future (original 2014; udgave 2016)

af Martin Ford (Forfatter)

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"In Silicon Valley the phrase "disruptive technology" is tossed around on a casual basis. No one doubts that technology has the power to devastate entire industries and upend various sectors of the job market. But Rise of the Robots asks a bigger question: Can accelerating technology disrupt our entire economic system to the point where a fundamental restructuring is required? Companies like Facebook and YouTube may only need a handful of employees to achieve enormous valuations, but what will be the fate of those of us not lucky or smart enough to have gotten into the great shift from human labor to computation?"--… (mere)
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Titel:Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
Forfattere:Martin Ford (Forfatter)
Info:Basic Books (2016), Edition: Illustrated, 368 pages
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Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future af Martin Ford (2014)

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The Ultimate Disruptive Technology
Various voices are beginning to sound the alarm concerning the advent of the most disruptive technology yet to come. The technologies that comprise AI-enhanced automation pose a severe risk to the ages-old paradigm of distributing purchasing power on a basis of the value of labor provided. Martin Ford’s “Rise of the Robots,” is certainly one of the more cogent and compelling of these alarms. He explains many of the ways automation is poised to intrude into or possibly obviate traditional areas of labor and even professions. It is time to heed these voices and begin a national or even global discussion on how we will manage the economic, sociological, and societal impacts arriving with the deployment of these technologies.
General artificial intelligence may or may not be realized in the near term. However, narrow-field AI has made impressive advances in recent years. The event horizon that will bring these profound changes may be decidedly more immanent then previously forecast, making the need for discussion and planning necessary public policy changes more immediate. Mr. Ford gives compelling examples of AI computers or AI-assisted robots that are already demonstrating the ability to takes on task, occupations, and professional domains once thought safe by virtue of their complexity or lengthy training requirements.
The author further expands on some of the expected disruptions inherent in the projected idling of the labor force. Foremost among these are the consequences of wide-spread unemployment on our consumer-driven economy. Ford describes some of possible adaptive adjustments that have been discussed. Not all of his suggestions are practicable or even desirable. Clearly the warning bell is now sounded.
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  Chipa | Apr 2, 2021 |
Excellent survey of how and where AI&ML and robotics will likely impact labor. ( )
  skroah | Dec 14, 2020 |
We are in so much trouble. After doing a lot of reading about robotics and artificial intelligence, I became concerned about our future. I could foresee that we are going to have a diminishing workforce. After reading Martin Ford’s Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, this concern changed into panic. Ford’s predictions on the future of the workforce does not bode well for the workers. The move to automation will be a formidable disruption. Read more ( )
  skrabut | Sep 2, 2020 |
Excellent, if bleak. Basically every job at some point in the not too distant future can be done better and more cheaply by a robot, and more than likely will.

Felt like Ford disregarded existing privilege a little in his arguments about the Universal Basic Income (which must be almost guaranteed to happen, I can't see any other workable solution) but overall a very informative and wide ranging book. ( )
  arewenotben | Jul 31, 2020 |
The Rise of the Robots shows what are the jobs of the future and reflects many doubts about the future of the job market. People hope and imagine that the current industrial and technological revolution will eliminate some of the jobs, nevertheless, more positions will be created in order to deal with new possibilities and innovations. So, when we talk about technology we talk about the positives in terms of growth and the ability to enhance productivity.

Unfortunately, Martin Ford, the author of the book argues that this time, it is not the case. He is quite pessimistic about some of the things that robotics and AI might bring to mankind. As new technologies and the development of artificial intelligence accelerate, machines take over not only low-skilled work done by people that don’t have a lot of education. Today’s machines are much more sophisticated and capable to climb the skills ladder. As a result, they are a threat to white-collar jobs including many of the kinds of jobs that University graduates take. So, the book presents some challenges that we need to think through. The reality is that technology is going to have a very significant impact on the job market on an unprecedented scale.

Sceptics will point out that this is something that has happened throughout history and that’s certainly true but we’re now getting machines that can, in some limited sense, at least begin to think like people and can take on intellectual tasks as well as manual tasks. This is not about robots in car factories that have replaced blue-collar jobs. It’s about software that can do something relatively routine, repetitive and very easy to automate. Such software is relatively cheap, in comparison to physical robots and scales across all kinds of jobs of the future.

Now, let’s state that such machines and software is developed to enhance our level of life, our productivity and, ultimately, income. This is where historical data from the US provided by Martin Ford are a bit scary. Wages peaked for production workers until 1973. At this time it was 763USD a week (adjusted for today’s dollar). Due to the introduction of automation, wages have been decreasing and productivity increasing. Because of this, inequality has steadily grown since the 1970s. Between the years 1993 to 2010, more than half the rise in national income directly went to people who are the top 1% of earners in the United States.

In other words, if productivity goes up and people directly responsible for this have less purchasing power, the whole gain goes to owners and shareholders. Of course, this is some simplification as we have to take into consideration globalisation and the fact that a lot of jobs are being moved overseas to bring cheaper labour. Nevertheless, further statistics in the book reflect that today, only the highest incomes are actually...(if you like to read my full review please visit my blog https://leadersarereaders.blog/the-rise-of-the-robots/) ( )
  LeadersAreReaders | Jul 11, 2019 |
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"In Silicon Valley the phrase "disruptive technology" is tossed around on a casual basis. No one doubts that technology has the power to devastate entire industries and upend various sectors of the job market. But Rise of the Robots asks a bigger question: Can accelerating technology disrupt our entire economic system to the point where a fundamental restructuring is required? Companies like Facebook and YouTube may only need a handful of employees to achieve enormous valuations, but what will be the fate of those of us not lucky or smart enough to have gotten into the great shift from human labor to computation?"--

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