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If you do not read the book, good luck for the future and I hope you do not live too long. In fact it would be better if you decided to move six feet under or to get scattered into the air in the coming days since the apocalypse is finally arriving, has finally arrived. Don’t you feel it in your “buns”?
The author advocates the Automation Revolution along his concluding quotation of Arthur C. Clarke: “The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play.” A rapid mention of Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity but no bibliography in the book is not enough to see the roots of that thinking, and thinking it is even if you may think it is deficient.
I will here only make a few critical remarks on various aspects of the book.
He assumes that machines will all be more intelligent than men but only as for speed. He does not see the limit of this element. The human brain is not only a question of speed. It is also a question of the possible by-passing of any instruction, limit, forbidden act or thought, because it is vastly parallel. The brain can always take a side path because there are great numbers of side paths in a parallel machine of the human brain type. A machine cannot go against its own programmed rules. Can, we program it to make it go against its own programmed rules and soon enough its self-programmed rules?Read more ›
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Concern about the future of jobs for you and your children, should make this a compelling book, how does it fare?
Books about the advance of technology and the loss of jobs are increasingly popular. Earlier technological advances led to some job losses, but subsequently created more and better jobs. Recent thinking suggests this time no replacement new jobs will be created, leading to mass unemployment.
This book aims to show how robots/Artificial Intelligence (AI) will take over the jobs in most major industries, and discusses some likely outcomes, including how you can take advantage of the situation.
The book is targeted at the general reader, but has much to excite the technically aware. No specific technical skills are needed to understand this book. It’s relatively short, divided into three main parts (sections), composed of 27 chapters, in 134 pages.
Below is a section-by-section exploration of the topics covered.
Part I The Coming Automation Revolution
The book opens with the premise that future AI will be able to “observe, learn, reason, and think like humans”. Additionally, having the ability to sense the surroundings, and move, will enable intelligent robots to replace people in their jobs. Next, the section looks at some history, placing the coming automation revolution (i.e. robots and AI) in the context of previous changes (e.g. agricultural revolution).Read more ›
The reason is the combination of robots, sensors and computers that are programmed with "artificial intelligence." The author takes away the mystery of what is "artificial intelligence". Most but not all goals are reached by a number of steps. It those steps are specified in a sequence it is given the fancy name of Algorithm. The steps to make a pancake are an algorithm and a combination of robots sensors and a computer programmed with that algorithm can produce pancakes.
The author describes how this will work in 14 areas with specific examples covering, manufacturing, construction, defense, finance and insurance, government and eight more areas. Each example is fascinating, not possible to day but possible in the future. The author also presents the consequences on society. He explains that it is obvious that companies that replace employees with automatic systems, at the right time, considering investment costs, will win over those that act later. One immense advantage of an automatic system is that it can function 24 hours, seven days a week, for 52 weeks.
The result will be radical reduction in jobs and much lower prices of most products and services, and a reduction in the sales revenues of companies. This in turn will radically reduce the income to government of income taxes, payroll taxes, and sales taxes, value added taxes and corporate taxes. The government has no choice but to reduce employment too. The result is mass unemployment.Read more ›
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