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COVER STORY The Christ child: a life lived for the whole world

WATER RESOURCES Murray-Darling management delivers the worst of both worlds

CANBERRA OBSERVED Libs fish around for explanations

ASIAN AFFAIRS Taiwanese agree to stick with nuclear power

EDUCATION In support of NAPLAN

VICTORIAN ELECTION Coalition collapse

ECONOMICS AND SOCIETY Mondragón Corporation: humanity at work

BREXIT December 12: D-Day for Britain's EU vote

EUTHANASIA WA Government ignores objections and lessons

TAIWAN Referendum stems homosexual tide

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Free trade and the WTO in the Trump era

MUSIC Teacher teachers: The jarring note in music courses

CLASSIC CINEMA The Adventures of Robin Hood: The one and only

BOOK REVIEW A triumph of determination

BOOK REVIEW An escape from futility and addiction

POETRY

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The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

Martin Ford

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Piketty on steroids – a terrifying preview of the massively unequal society to which our technological revolution is taking us.

Intelligent algorithms are already well on their way to making white-collar jobs obsolete: travel agents, data analysts, and paralegals are already in the firing line. In the near future, doctors, taxi drivers and, ironically, computer programmers are poised to be replaced by “robots”. Without a radical reassessment of our economic and political structures, we risk the implosion of the capitalist economy itself.

In The Rise of the Robots, technology expert Martin Ford systematically outlines the achievements of artificial intelligence and uses a wealth of economic data to illustrate the terrifying societal implications. From health and education to finance and technology, his warning is stark – all jobs that are on some level routine are likely eventually to be automated, resulting in the death of traditional careers and a hollowed out middle class. The robots are coming and we have to decide – now – whether the future will bring prosperity or catastrophe

 

About the author

Martin Ford, the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm, has over 25 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.


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