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 com—and finding meaning in a world where work is no longer the center of our lives.