The Blurb On The Back:
The trend that began with ATMs and do-it-yourself checkouts is moving at lightning speed. Everything from driving to teaching to the care of the elderly and, indeed, code-writing can now be done by smart machines. Conventional wisdom says there will be new jobs to replace those we lose – but is it so simple? And are we ready?
Technology writer and think-tank director Nigel Cameron argues it’s naïve to believe we face a smooth transition. Whether or not there are “new” jobs, we face massive disruption as the jobs millions of us are doing gets outsourced to machines. A twenty-first century “rust belt” will rapidly corrode the labour market and affect literally hundreds of different kinds of jobs simultaneously.
Robots won’t design our future – we will. Yet, shockingly, political leaders and policymakers don’t seem to have this in their line of sight. So how should we assess and prepare for the risks of this unknown future?
The Review (Cut For Spoilers):