Robots are going to take our jobs, so what do we do about it?

I’m not sure if it’s really good or bad news. Both, probably. But the deserved selection of Martin Ford’s prescient Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future as the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year does more than validate what he, myself and a growing number of other commentators have been predicting for years about the dark side of our era of rapid innovation. The FT award heralds the next stage of the technology debate, one where we can stop pretending that the rise of networked machine intelligence isn’t a problem and start looking toward solutions. Rise of the Robots’ win was announced last month in New York City. Lionel Barber, FT editor, called it “a tightly-written and deeply-researched addition to the…


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