- Paperback: 174 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 21, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482701960
- ISBN-13: 978-1482701968
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,645,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jobocalypse: The End of Human Jobs and How Robots will Replace Them Paperback – June 21, 2013
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About the Author
Ben Way is a leading futurologist, technologist, inventor, and entrepreneur. With over twenty years of experience in technology and innovation, Ben has travelled the world seeking out and developing new technologies. As a leading voice on the challenges and benefits of tomorrow’s technology, he has advised some of the world’s leading institutions, including the White House, regarding technological preparations for the future. He is the recipient of the millennium entrepreneur of the year award and has appeared on numerous technology and philanthropy television programs, as well as presenting Bright Young Wonders on Robotics.
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-This book has 130 bibliographic citations yet frequently has a "blog" feel to it where the author is freely speculating on how things may turn out rather than demonstrating strong trends that lead to his conclusions.
-I strongly applaud the authors determination in producing this book despite his battle with dyslexia. His comments regarding this are truly inspiring and worth noting and have an influence in my giving this book four stars
-The price for the kindle edition is only three dollars making this a great value and once again I do highly recommend this to anyone not regularly reading articles on rapid advances in technology, transhumanism, etc.
The US Labor Department statistics put unemployment at around 7 %, The government assures us that these aren't long term structural problems but signs of short term economic problems that will change in the future. In Spain and Greece the unemployment is now around 26 % and for people 18-26, a whooping 76 %. In underdeveloped countries such as Bangladesh i've seen unemployment figures that go as high as 95% yet these economics manage to survive without jobs. Undoubtedly you have to factor in globalization and outsourcing for the rising unemployment in developed countries but in the long term the shift from human to robotic labor is going to have a an impact far more massive than outsourcing does now.
I agree with reviewers that commented that Ben defines robots too narrowly as only hardware that will replace repetitive manual labor jobs, such as on the factory floor. Robots are just as likely to replace more skilled jobs with algorithms. Some day it may even replace writers on robotics, as in the case of a billion monkeys on a trillion typewriters writing works that challenge those of Shakespeare.
The book falls into the category of books like Alvin Toffer's "Future Shock" that takes a current trend - the increasing use of robots in the workplace - and extrapolates it into the near and distant future. Reading at times like a prophetic manifesto it portrays a world where vast legions of unemployed workers wile away their days at playing networked virtual reality games, the equivalent of soma, the bliss inducing drug Aldos Huxley's " Brave New World", It postulates a world "where drugs will be grown by farm bots, transported by UAVs, cut by manufacturing bots and distributed by self-driving cars." In a nod to Isaac Asimov "I Robot" the book even brings up ethical questions that go back to earlier centuries and the abolitionists, such as whether robots labor is indeed slave labor?
Right now the robot revolution is in its infancy. Most robots are programmed to do a simple repetitive tasks and the cost analysis of this 24/7 year after year are undeniable; hence the emphasis on replacing less skilled labor but more and more robots are being developed that can multi task and be reprogrammed to take on different tasks. With 3D printing advancements robots could replicate on a massive scale, replacing millions, if not billions of workers in a matter of decades.
The book is well researched, with numerous examples of robotic technologies that are moving in this direction. It is laced throughout with a good deal of dry wit. Ben describes a toilet cleaning robot that will explore the drains and remove the blockage, commenting " I certainly hope this comes with a self-cleaning function."
At less than 200 pages I read the book at a single sitting and came away not fully convinced as to how this will all turn out. The target demographic of this book is humans but by the turn of the century robots may be reading the book and posting reviews as well. Perhaps some are already posting but we don't know it. On the internet no one knows you are a robot.