A World Without Work by Daniel Susskind audiobook

A World Without Work: Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond

By Daniel Susskind
Read by Daniel Susskind

Macmillan Audio 9781250173515
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"An Oxford economics professor, Susskind has a patient delivery that benefits from his authoritative voice and scholarly view of this speculative subject...an important and eye-opening audiobook." -- AudioFile Magazine This program is read by the author. From an Oxford economist, a visionary account of how technology will transform the world of work, and what we should do about it. From mechanical looms to the combustion engine to the first computers, new technologies have always provoked panic about workers being replaced by machines. For centuries, such fears have been misplaced, and many economists maintain that they remain so today. But as Daniel Susskind demonstrates, this time really is different. Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence mean that all kinds of jobs are increasingly at risk. Drawing on almost a decade of research in the field, Susskind argues that machines no longer need to think like us in order to outperform us, as was once widely believed. As a result, more and more tasks that used to be far beyond the capability of computers – from diagnosing illnesses to drafting legal contracts, from writing news reports to composing music – are coming within their reach. The threat of technological unemployment is now real. This is not necessarily a bad thing, Susskind emphasizes. Technological progress could bring about unprecedented prosperity, solving one of humanity’s oldest problems: how to make sure that everyone has enough to live on. The challenges will be to distribute this prosperity fairly, to constrain the burgeoning power of Big Tech, and to provide meaning in a world where work is no longer the center of our lives. Perceptive, pragmatic, and ultimately hopeful, A World Without Work shows the way.

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New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in AI and Semantics

"An Oxford economics professor, Susskind has a patient delivery that benefits from his authoritative voice and scholarly view of this speculative subject...an important and eye-opening audiobook." -- AudioFile Magazine This program is read by the author. From an Oxford economist, a visionary account of how technology will transform the world of work, and what we should do about it. From mechanical looms to the combustion engine to the first computers, new technologies have always provoked panic about workers being replaced by machines. For centuries, such fears have been misplaced, and many economists maintain that they remain so today. But as Daniel Susskind demonstrates, this time really is different. Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence mean that all kinds of jobs are increasingly at risk. Drawing on almost a decade of research in the field, Susskind argues that machines no longer need to think like us in order to outperform us, as was once widely believed. As a result, more and more tasks that used to be far beyond the capability of computers – from diagnosing illnesses to drafting legal contracts, from writing news reports to composing music – are coming within their reach. The threat of technological unemployment is now real. This is not necessarily a bad thing, Susskind emphasizes. Technological progress could bring about unprecedented prosperity, solving one of humanity’s oldest problems: how to make sure that everyone has enough to live on. The challenges will be to distribute this prosperity fairly, to constrain the burgeoning power of Big Tech, and to provide meaning in a world where work is no longer the center of our lives. Perceptive, pragmatic, and ultimately hopeful, A World Without Work shows the way.

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Editorial Reviews

“Susskind guides the reader through a boneyard of discredited assumptions about technological unemployment…the voice of a clever, sensible man telling you what’s what.” The Guardian
“Predictions about machines taking over our jobs have been around for centuries. But Susskind, an economist at Oxford, makes a lucid case that it’s time to take them seriously, as advances in artificial intelligence may lead to devastating economic effects.” New York Times Book Review

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Author Bio: Daniel Susskind

Author Bio: Daniel Susskind

Daniel Susskind is the coauthor of The Future of the Professions, named as one of the best books of the year by the London Financial Times, New Scientist, and the Times Literary Supplement. He is a fellow in economics at Balliol College, Oxford. Previously, he was a policy adviser for the prime minister’s strategy unit and a senior adviser in the cabinet office of the British government.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 9.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English