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COVER STORY Something rotten led to fish-kill: perhaps fishy environmentalism

EDITORIAL Resistance grows to Beijing's soft-power push

CANBERRA OBSERVED Climate change: deadly ... to political leaders

TECHNOLOGY Electric cars: UK taxpayers subsidise rich greenies

BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION A step too small?

CYBER SECURITY Chinese smartphone threat extends way beyond Huawei

SOCIETY Such grandeur of spirit

POLITICS John Hewson should have as sturdy a Constitution

FINANCE Hayne royal commission sets agenda for bank reform

FAMILY RELATIONS Dad: a girl's first and most influential love

COMMENTARY Words gone feral: rights and equality

MEDICINE AND CULTURE Book captures tragedy of falling foul of a fanatic

SOCIETY AND CULTURE A dog's life: reflections of a grey nomad

HUMOUR

MUSIC Serialism a killer: Ideas tend to get in the way

CINEMA Cold Pursuit: Revenge served up manic

BOOK REVIEW Why the West and nowhere else

BOOK REVIEW The escalation of horror and atrocity

LETTERS

FAMILY AND SOCIETY The end of Liberalism

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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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