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COVER STORY Greta Thunberg: she's not doing it all on her own

EDITORIAL Time for Australia to rethink the neo-liberal experiment

RURAL AFFAIRS Queensland Labor punishes farmers to placate UNESCO

CANBERRA OBSERVED Morrison's 'positive' globalism has resonance

NSW ABORTION ACT Amendments annul some of the Act's worst excesses

GENDER POLITICS Doctors call for inquiry into childhood gender dysphoria

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Hong Kong's 'software' may be key to its survival

GENDER POLITICS Pornography and the transgender agenda

RIGHTS & FREEDOMS Transgenderism poses biggest threat to religious freedom

OPINION When Maggie (Sanger) met Mickie (Mann)

PHILOSOPHY The element of justice in economic practice, Part 2 of two parts

POPULATION Lifestyles and policies ensure population peril ahead

HUMOUR If atheism is the answer, what was the question?

MUSIC Good, better, Bach: The composer who consistently outdid himself

CINEMA Joker: From a heart in darkness

BOOK REVIEW Hope, more than economics, drives Trump voters

BOOK REVIEW A pushback against visceral unreason

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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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