The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future

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Acculant Publishing, 2009 - Business & Economics - 253 pages
What will the economy of the future look like? Where will advancing technology, job automation, outsourcing and globalization lead? This groundbreaking book by a Silicon Valley computer engineer explores these questions and shows how accelerating technology is likely to have a highly disruptive influence on our economy in the near future--and may well already be a significant factor in the current global crisis. THE LIGHTS IN THE TUNNEL employs a powerful thought experiment to explore the economy of the future. An imaginary "tunnel of lights" is used to visualize the economic implications of the new technologies that are likely to appear in the coming years and decades. The book directly challenges conventional views of the future and illuminates the danger that lies ahead if we do not plan for the impact of rapidly advancing technology. It also shows how the economic realities of the future might offer solutions to issues such as poverty and climate change.
 

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Certainly a very interesting and probably presentient book. The only negative is the faith the author seems to have in the political process. It is basically our only hope and to me that is reason for concern. Read full review

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In this interesting book Martin Ford, looks at the qualitatively different nature of modern technological change. He takes the line that fast advances in processing power are allowing computers to ... Read full review

Contents

The Tunnel
7
Acceleration
27
Danger
107
Transition
156
The Green Light
194
Appendix Final Thoughts
209
About Contacting the Author
246
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MARTIN FORD is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software firm. He has over twenty-five years experience in the fields of computer design and software development. He holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan and a graduate business degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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