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COVER STORY Federal Government should abolish Renewable Energy Certificates

ENERGY BP annual Review shows consumption, production up

CANBERRA OBSERVED NSW Labor caught in Panda's paws doing 'whatever it takes'

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM Religious discrimination bill: A litany of questions

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Boris' brinkmanship shakes up Britain, EU

WATER POLICY Angry farmers protest over Murray-Darling Basin Plan ... again

TECHNOLOGY Are we the dumbest devices in the room?

HISTORY AND POLITICS Lord Acton, nationalism and multiculturalism, Part 2

LITERATURE D.H. Lawrence: The Modernist in exile

MUSIC Dialectical transcendence

CINEMA The Farewell: Elegant and bittersweet

BOOK REVIEW Owning up to market imperfections

BOOK REVIEW Heroism and faith under tyranny

BOOK REVIEW The love that comes after love is gone

LETTERS

EDITORIAL Gladys Liu controversy ignores reality of China's interference

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The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

Martin Ford

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Piketty on steroids – a terrifying preview of the massively unequal society to which our technological revolution is taking us.

Intelligent algorithms are already well on their way to making white-collar jobs obsolete: travel agents, data analysts, and paralegals are already in the firing line. In the near future, doctors, taxi drivers and, ironically, computer programmers are poised to be replaced by “robots”. Without a radical reassessment of our economic and political structures, we risk the implosion of the capitalist economy itself.

In The Rise of the Robots, technology expert Martin Ford systematically outlines the achievements of artificial intelligence and uses a wealth of economic data to illustrate the terrifying societal implications. From health and education to finance and technology, his warning is stark – all jobs that are on some level routine are likely eventually to be automated, resulting in the death of traditional careers and a hollowed out middle class. The robots are coming and we have to decide – now – whether the future will bring prosperity or catastrophe

 

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Martin Ford, the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm, has over 25 years of experience in computer design and software development. He was the first modern writer to raise the issue of technology-led unemployment. He lives in Sunnyvale, California.


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