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In a world of self-driving cars, big data, smart algorithms, and Siri, we know that artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day. Though all these nifty devices and programs might make our lives easier, they’re also well on their way to making “good” jobs obsolete. A computer winning Jeopardy might seem like a trivial, if impressive, feat, but the same technology is making paralegals redundant as it undertakes electronic discovery, and it is soon to do the same for radiologists. And that, no doubt, will only be the beginning.

In Silicon Valley the phrase “disruptive technology” is tossed around on a casual basis. No one doubts that technology has the power to devastate entire industries and upend various sectors of the job market, but Rise of the Robots asks a bigger question: can accelerating technology disrupt our entire economic system to the point where a fundamental restructuring is required? Companies like Facebook and YouTube may only need a handful of employees to achieve enormous valuations, but what will be the fate of those of us not lucky or smart enough to have gotten into the great shift from human labor to computation?

The more uninformed might imagine that this industrial revolution will unfold like the last: even as some jobs are eliminated, more will be created to deal with the new devices of a new era. In Rise of the Robots, Martin Ford argues that is absolutely not the case. Increasingly, machines will be able to take care of themselves, and fewer jobs will be necessary. The effects of this transition could be shattering. Unless we begin to radically reassess the fundamentals of how our economy works, we could have both an enormous population of the unemployed—the truck drivers, warehouse workers, cooks, lawyers, doctors, teachers, programmers, and many, many more, whose labors have been rendered superfluous by automated and intelligent machines—and a general economy that, bereft of consumers, implodes under the weight of its own contradictions. We are at an inflection point—do we continue to listen to those who argue that nothing fundamental has changed and take a bad bet on a miserable future, or do we begin to discuss what we must do to ensure all of us—not just the few—benefit from the awesome power of artificial intelligence? The time to choose is now.

Rise of the Robots is a both an exploration of this new technology and a call to arms to address its implications. Written by a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur, this is an audiobook that cannot be dismissed as the ranting of a Luddite or an outsider. Ford has seen the future, and he knows that for some of us, the rise of the robots will be very frightening indeed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Well-researched and disturbingly persuasive.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “Mr. Ford lucidly sets out myriad examples of how focused applications of versatile machines could displace or de-skill many jobs…This is a drastic prescription for the ills of modern industrialization—ills whose severity and very existence are hotly contested. Rise of the Robots provides a compelling case that they are real.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Lucid, comprehensive, and unafraid to grapple fairly with those who dispute Ford’s basic thesis, Rise of the Robots is an indispensable contribution to a long-running argument.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “As Martin Ford documents in Rise of the Robots, the job-eating maw of technology now threatens even the nimblest and most expensively educated…The human consequences of robotization are already upon us, and skillfully chronicled here.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Narrator Jeff Cummings adds a level of confidence to Ford’s explanations of how we got to now and how things are beginning to look. His lightly raspy voice has a genial quality that proves welcoming despite the sometimes dour challenges that Ford presents…He himself moves well through the text, slowing down for the more complex passages while moving more quickly and less emphatically through the easier portions.”


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