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Here are just a few of the questions explored in the book:
How will job automation impact the economy in the future?
How will the offshore outsourcing trend evolve in the coming years?
What impact will technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence have on the job market?
Did technology play a significant role in the 2007 subprime meltdown and the subsequent global financial crisis and recession?
Globalization. Collaboration. Telecommuting. Are these the forces that will shape the workplaces of the future? Or is there something bigger lurking?
How fast can we expect technological change to occur in the coming years and decades?
Which jobs and industries are likely to be most vulnerable to automation and outsourcing?
Machine and computer automation will primarily impact low skilled and low paid workers. True or false?
Will advancing technology always make society as a whole more wealthy? Or could it someday cause a severe economic depression?
What are the implications of advancing automation technology for developing nations such as China and India?
Will a college education continue to be a good bet in the future?
Recent economic data suggests that, in United States, we are seeing increasing income inequality and a dwindling middle class. How will this trend play out in the future?
What will be the economic impact of truly advanced future technologies, such as nanotechnology?
Retail positions at Wal-Mart and other chain stores have become the jobs of last resort for many workers. Will robots and other forms of machine automation someday threaten these jobs? If so, what alternatives will the economy create for these workers?
And much more...
In The Lights in the Tunnel, Martin Ford asks his readers to imagine a future where automation continues to advance and swallow up traditional work, while the new jobs we assume... Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Molly Dodd
Blown away on my first casual read. This is the best effort at objectively framing the problem without distracting (and annoying) political bias. Read morePublished 2 days ago by d
while I appreciate the perspective that we are heading toward a era of less work and more compensation for learning. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James C Ford
I suspect the future will be even stranger than Mr. Ford imagined in this book. I am more inclined to agree with Kurzweil's speculations on the future. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles F. Larsen
Great, short read. Not a lot of data in here, mostly opinion, but the description of the future where automation is increasingly part of the economy is an important aspect to grasp... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mike McD
Very thought-provoking book. Explains why we need to reduce the gross inequalities in our incomes and wealth if we are going to have a sustainable and vibrant economy.Published 3 months ago by Show-Me Skeptic
When I started to read the book some thing I knew about technology but other things I did not know. I knew that technology were going to eliminate manufacturing jobs. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sandra