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THE LIGHTS IN THE TUNNEL takes an in depth look at current trends in information technology and globalization and examines what the likely economic impact will be in the coming years and decades.
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...
MARTIN FORD is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software firm. He has over twenty-five years experience in the fields of computer design and software development. He holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan and a graduate business degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Very nice book ! The author is not a professional economist but seems to understand the problems and challenges of the coming age of automation much better than many trained... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dmitriy Golubkov
Scary precursor to Ford's recently published Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, which is even more frightening examination of the rapidly emerging... Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Moore
I was loving the book until the author started to give his solutions to the problems. I think he truly understands what problems we face but doesn't seem to have any good... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dustin Romans
I was hoping to like this book more, and while it was good, I never really got the central analogy of lights in the tunnel. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ted Sanders
This is another book on economic implications of automation. What makes it stands out among similar books such as, the “race against the machine” is its original proposals. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jysoo Lee
In being part of the tech automation, I see this evolving. His solution is out there though. Who knows what will happen.Published 7 months ago by Mark Petrilla
Starts out very interesting but gets very boring halfway through. I couldn't wait until finishing it. Very simplistic ideas throughout the book.Published 7 months ago by Henri Torenli
People often ask themselves "what will happen when jobs are taken over by computers?" This book answers that question in a persuasive and detailed manner.Published 7 months ago by Stephen P Davenport