CM 020: Martin Ford on Artificial Intelligence, Automation and the Future of Work

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Blog Post - Martin FordArtificial intelligence, robotics, and automation technologies are fulfilling (and surpassing) predictions from the most creative science fiction. While the possibilities are exciting, these changes force us to ask what this means for the future of work. What jobs will they replace? Which industries will they decimate? What impact will they have on how we live and work in what many are calling a post-industrial age?

Martin Ford explores these questions and more, in his bestselling book, Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future. Named 2015 Business Book of the Year by the Financial Times and McKinsey, his book is helping to drive a much-needed conversation around the dark side of innovative technologies. As a software company founder who has worked in the industry for over 30 years, Martin saw how automation was eliminating more and more jobs. This led him to research the impact of cutting-edge technologies on labor, wages, and productivity.

In this episode you will learn:

  • why this time is different when it comes to the impact of automation on jobs
  • the important role education will play in how we respond and adapt
  • why we need to rethink income and healthcare policies to ensure a healthy economy
  • the pressing need to raise awareness around this issue and to incentivize solutions

Selected Links to Topics Mentioned

@MFordFuture

Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford

The Lights in the Tunnel by Martin Ford

Luddite

John F. Kennedy

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Triple Revolution

Machine learning

Deep Learning

Artificial intelligence

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed Artificial Intelligence on the World by Kevin Kelly

Algorithm

Robotics

Everlaw

Electronic discovery

MIT

Offshoring

Cloud computing

IBMs Watson

Service economy

Self-driving cars

Income inequality

Blue collar worker

White collar worker

Long tail distribution

Ray Kurzweil

Seth Godin

Basic or guaranteed income

Single-payer healthcare

X Prize

Peter Diamandis

Deflation

Federal Reserve

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  1. […] Martin Ford on Artificial Intelligence, Automation and the Future of Work – Curious Minds podcast with Gayle Allen discussing how advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics and automation technologies will impact the future of work. Some questions explored in the podcast: What jobs will they replace? Which industries will they decimate? What impact will they have on how we live and work in what many are calling a post-industrial age? […]



  2. […] Gayle Allen hosts this intellectual series in which she interviews authors and other innovators in academia, business and entrepreneurship. I love the conversations she has with these thought leaders about curiosity, creativity and design thinking. I have been inspired after many episodes to learn more about the person’s work through their publications. I am particularly fascinated by the interviews with Jamie Holmes on the Surprising Benefits of Uncertainty and Martin Ford on Artificial Intelligence, Automation and the Future of Work. […]