A Russian translation of my book The Lights in the Tunnel is now available.
The book can also be purchased online in Ukraine.
Designing the Next Wave of Computer Chips – NY Times
IBM Invests $1 Billion in Watson Technology – Singularity Hub
The Future of Jobs – The Economist
Income Inequality and Automation – Huffington Post
Robots will Stay in the Back Seat (really?) – Financial Times
How robots impact millions of American jobs – Bloomberg (video)
New Book: “The Second Machine Age” – Brynjolfsson and McAfee
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
On the Impact of Autonomous Cars – The New Yorker
Inequality in Silicon Valley – The Weekly Standard
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.
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″.
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.
Will Robots Kill — or Create — your Next Job? – FastCompany
Robots Fill New Roles at Work – PC World
On the Future of Moore’s Law:
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?