Russian Edition of “The Lights in the Tunnel” Now Available

February 10, 2014 Leave a comment

A Russian translation of my book The Lights in the Tunnel is now available.

 

The book can also be purchased online in Ukraine.

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Technology and Unemployment – Links

January 27, 2014 5 comments
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Robots, AI and Economics – Links

December 5, 2013 2 comments

Google Jumps into Robotics – NY Times

Robots and Fast Food – Food and Nutrition Report

Security Guard Robots – NY Times

Creative Computing – BBC

Will We ‘Droid Our Economy to Death? – Interview with Fintan Dunne

60% of People Worried About Losing Their Jobs – CNBC

On the Impact of Autonomous Cars – The New Yorker

Inequality in Silicon Valley – The Weekly Standard

 

 

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University of Warwick PPE Forum, Coventry, UK

November 5, 2013 Leave a comment

I’ll be speaking at an event hosted by the Warwick PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) Forum, on Saturday, November 9, 2013. The title of the event is “All Work and No Pay in 2013: The Automation of the Global Economy.”   Details are here.

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IMPAKT Festival, Utrecht, NL

October 28, 2013 2 comments

I’ll be speaking at the IMPAKT Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands on Saturday November 2.  Information is here.

The festival runs from Oct 30 to Nov 3, and this year’s theme is “Capitalism Catch-22″.

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47% of U.S. Jobs Could Be Automated with the Next Two Decades

October 1, 2013 4 comments

In my book The Lights in the Tunnel, written back in 2009, I wrote:

“So our assumption is going to be that, at some point down the line, machines or computers will take over a great many of these people’s jobs. Not all of them, but a lot. Maybe 40 percent. Maybe half. “

Turns out that wasn’t a bad guess, at least according to some researchers at the University of Oxford. Their best estimate is that 47% of U.S. jobs are susceptible to automation within the next two decades.   PDF of the complete report is here.

Other stuff:

Textile Factories returning to the U.S.–but without the workers – NY Times

Will Robots Kill — or Create — your Next Job? – FastCompany

Robots Fill New Roles at Work – PC World

On the Future of Moore’s Law:

Samsung Manufactures 3D Integrated Circuits – Forbes

Stanford Team Builds a Carbon Nanotube Computer – NY Times

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Will Automated Cars Drive Economic Growth?

October 1, 2013 7 comments

An interesting debate over whether automated cars would produce economic growth.

Ryan Avent of the Economist argues “yes” … but I am not so sure. For one thing, automated cars will likely be a shared resource, at least in cities. That means fewer cars, which is certainly good for the environment, but maybe not so good for economic growth — at least in terms of the way we measure GDP. Also, another very important question is whether new technologies like automated cars will raise median incomes (which have been stagnant in the U.S. for decades).  Kind of hard for me to see how that would be the case.

I think Robert Gordon raises some valid points, although he is really getting slammed by the techno-optimist/TED Conference community. What do you think?

 

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