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A World Without Work

A World Without Work

Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond

Daniel Susskind

Metropolitan Books

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From an Oxford economist, a visionary account of how technology will transform the world of work

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. But as acclaimed economist Daniel Susskind demonstrates in A World Without Work, this time really is different: today’s breakthroughs in artificial intelligence mean that all kinds of jobs are increasingly at risk. 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 mankind’s oldest problems: how to make sure that everyone has enough to live on. But enjoying that prosperity will require planning for the economic disruption to come--and finding meaning in a world where work is no longer the center of our lives.

Daniel Susskind

Daniel Susskind is the coauthor, with Richard Susskind, of The Future of the Professions, named as one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times, New Scientist, and the Times Literary Supplement. He is a fellow in economics at Balliol College, Oxford University. Previously, he worked in the British government as a policy analyst in the Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street, a policy adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, and a senior policy adviser in the Cabinet Office.

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