A world without work: technology, automation and how we should respond

By: Susskind, Daniel
Material type: TextTextPublisher: UK Allen Lane 2020Description: 325 p.: ill. Includes bibliographical references and indexISBN: 9780241321096Subject(s): Social change | Technology - Social aspects | Automation - Social aspects | Technological innovations - Social aspectsDDC classification: 331.25 Summary: New technologies have always provoked panic about workers being replaced by machines. In the past, such fears have been misplaced, and many economists maintain that they remain so today. Yet in A World Without Work, Daniel Susskind shows why this time really is different. Advances in artificial intelligence mean that all kinds of tasks - from diagnosing illnesses to drafting contracts - are increasingly within the reach of computers. The threat of technological unemployment is real. So how can we all thrive in a world with less work? Susskind reminds us that technological progress could bring about unprecedented prosperity, solving one of mankind's oldest problems: how to ensure everyone has enough to live on. The challenge will be to distribute this prosperity fairly, constrain the power of Big Tech, and provide meaning in a world where work is no longer the centre of our lives. In this visionary, pragmatic and ultimately hopeful book, Susskind shows us the way. https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/132684/daniel-susskind.html?tab=penguin-books
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Table of Contents:

Part. ONE The Context
1.A History of Misplaced Anxiety
2.The Age of Labour
3.The Pragmatist Revolution
4.Underestimating Machines
Part. TWO The Threat
5.Task Encroachment
6.Frictional Technological Unemployment
7.Structural Technological Unemployment
8.Technology and Inequality
Part. THREE The Response
9.Education and Its Limits
10.The Big State
11.Big Tech
12.Meaning and Purpose

New technologies have always provoked panic about workers being replaced by machines. In the past, such fears have been misplaced, and many economists maintain that they remain so today. Yet in A World Without Work, Daniel Susskind shows why this time really is different. Advances in artificial intelligence mean that all kinds of tasks - from diagnosing illnesses to drafting contracts - are increasingly within the reach of computers. The threat of technological unemployment is real.
So how can we all thrive in a world with less work? Susskind reminds us that technological progress could bring about unprecedented prosperity, solving one of mankind's oldest problems: how to ensure everyone has enough to live on. The challenge will be to distribute this prosperity fairly, constrain the power of Big Tech, and provide meaning in a world where work is no longer the centre of our lives. In this visionary, pragmatic and ultimately hopeful book, Susskind shows us the way.

https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/132684/daniel-susskind.html?tab=penguin-books

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