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The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation Hardcover – May 15, 2018
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In The Future of Work, Darrell West explores how emerging technologies will change the way we live. He provides interesting insights on how to think about the future of AI, robotics, and the Internet of Things.―Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution, and Cofounder, AOL
The author provides an interesting glimpse at the latest innovations: nimble robots, sophisticated software, an “Internet of Things” through which everyday objects communicate with one another. He shows how these innovations might affect existing industries and spawn new ones, reducing the need for some types of jobs and increasing the need for others, as well as changing the way people work in whatever jobs they have.―Wall Street Journal
If you want a concise, clear-eyed, evidence-based, and up-to-the-minute overview of the future of work, this is the book for you. It’s an indispensable guide both to the deep changes that are occurring and to our best options for responding intelligently to them.―Andrew McAfee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The future of work is the future of the economy and how we live. No one knows in the age of AI what it will be, but this book is the best guide yet to come out.―Lawrence H. Summers, Harvard University
There is little doubt humanity is on the precipice of massive change in how we work. The only question is whether it is a future of shared prosperity and leisure or one of mass unemployment and turmoil. The Future of Work offers a quick introduction to the basic concepts that underlie the debate.―New York Times
Darrell West crisply outlines the astounding leaps by which machines are replacing human workers, and warns of the devastating consequences that are likely to follow. But West also offers hope. We may be able to redefine work and renegotiate our social contract, if we make major reforms in our political system. Humans, plan ahead!―Benjamin I. Page, Northwestern University and author of Democracy in America?
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The digital economy is here
Robots, artificial intelligence, and driverless cars are no longer the stuff of futuristic visions. They are with us today and will become increasingly common in coming years, along with virtual reality and digital personal assistants.
As these tools advance deeper into everyday use, they raise fundamental questions: how will they transform society, the economy, and politics? If companies need fewer workers because of automation and robotics, what happens to those who once held those jobs? Many social benefits are delivered through jobs, so how are people without full-time employment going to manage?
Looking past today’s headlines, political scientist and cultural observer Darrell M. West argues that society needs to rethink the concept of jobs, reconfigure the social contract, move toward a system of lifetime learning, and develop a new kind of politics for an era of economic dislocation. With the U.S. governance system in shambles because of political polarization and hyper-partisanship, dealing creatively with the transition to a fully digital economy will vex political leaders and complicate the adoption of remedies that could ease the transition pain.
This book presents a number of proposals to help all of us adapt and flourish as our industrial economy inevitably becomes a digital one. This ranges from creating new forms of job identity to encouraging lifelong learning, from emphasizing leisure activities in the arts, music, and culture to overhauling the social contract and making fundamental political reforms. It is vital to address these issues in order to avoid widespread economic and political disruption.
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However, I have not many choices to take even some of the proposals. Key challenges are how to learn new skills and develop new job capabilities. I feel sad as I have an only choice to exercise my voting power politically to protect what I have now. Am I the only person left behind in this transition period?
As I read and then re-read West's recurrent emphasis on the importance of practical education, I was again reminded of Alvin Toffler's prediction in his classic, Future Shock (1984): "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." With rare exception, only those actively and productively engaged in machine learning will gain the literacy to which Toffler refers.
To West's substantial credit, most of the information, insights, and counsel he provides will be invaluable both to those who manage and to those who are managed in the workplace of the future. Like customers, employees have more and better choices than ever before that must be accommodated. Their needs, interests, issues, and preferences have significant implications and potential consequences. In turn, employees must recognize -- and appreciate -- the challenges that managers face each day in a business world that has become more volatile, more uncertain, more complex, and more ambiguous than at any prior time that I can remember.
These are among Darrell West's concluding remarks and deserve close attention and frequent consideration: "The United States and the world are at a major inflection point. The increasing adoption of digital technologies and frequent changes in business models have fueled a dramatic changed in the U.S. Employment landscape and an increase in economic inequality. Inequality in turn threatens the political process by making it difficult to address underlying social and economic issues. As noted by Rachel Nuwer in her analysis of how world civilizations fail [for BBC News], 'Disaster comes when elites push society toward instability and eventual collapse by hoarding huge quantities of wealth and resources, and leaving little or none for commoners who vastly outnumber them.'" Karl Marx addressed several of the same concerns in his three-volume classic work, Das Kapital (1859) as did George Orwell more recently in Animal Farm (1945).
I commend Darrell West on the abundance of valuable information, insights, and counsel that he provides in The Future oif Work. In the final chapter, his recommendations with regard to various economic and political reforms are research-driven as his 27 pages of Notes clearly indicate. Those who read this brilliant book would be well-advised to highlight key passages and keep a lined notebook near at hand in which to record their own notes as well as questions, comments, and page references.
If you are in need of a single source to increase your understanding of the future of work, look no further. This is a "must read."
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If you are interested or concerned about how technology, robotics and AI are going to affect our jobs, life and society this is a great book to start with. Packed full of relevant stats and research, I raced through my copy in 2 days and it was full of tape flags by the end.