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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (July 12, 2016)

Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford

Winner of the 2015 FT & McKinsey

Business Book of the Year Award

A New York Times Bestseller

Top Business Book of 2015 at Forbes

One of NBCNews.com 12 Notable Science and Technology Books of 2015

As described on Amazon.com "What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves, fewer people will be necessary. Artificial intelligence is already well on its way to making "good jobs" obsolete: many paralegals, journalists, office workers, and even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by robots and smart software. As progress continues, blue and white collar jobs alike will evaporate, squeezing working- and middle-class families ever further. At the same time, households are under assault from exploding costs, especially from the two major industries-education and health care-that, so far, have not been transformed by information technology. The result could well be massive unemployment and inequality as well as the implosion of the consumer economy itself.

The past solutions to technological disruption, especially more training and education, aren't going to work. We must decide, now, whether the future will see broad-based prosperity or catastrophic levels of inequality and economic insecurity. Rise of the Robots is essential reading to understand what accelerating technology means for our economic prospects-not to mention those of our children-as well as for society as a whole."

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (August 25, 2017)

Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (MIT Press) 

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"How to educate the next generation of college students to invent, to create, and to discover -- filling needs that even the most sophisticated robot cannot.

Driverless cars are hitting the road, powered by artificial intelligence. Robots can climb stairs, open doors, win Jeopardy, analyze stocks, work in factories, find parking spaces, advise oncologists. In the past, automation was considered a threat to low-skilled labor. Now, many high-skilled functions, including interpreting medical images, doing legal research, and analyzing data, are within the skill sets of machines. How can higher education prepare students for their professional lives when professions themselves are disappearing? In Robot-Proof, Northeastern University president Joseph Aoun proposes a way to educate the next generation of college students to invent, to create, and to discover -- to fill needs in society that even the most sophisticated artificial intelligence agent cannot.

A "robot-proof" education, Aoun argues, is not concerned solely with topping up students' minds with high-octane facts. Rather, it calibrates them with a creative mindset and the mental elasticity to invent, discover, or create something valuable to society -- a scientific proof, a hip-hop recording, a web comic, a cure for cancer. Aoun lays out the framework for a new discipline, humanics, which builds on our innate strengths and prepares students to compete in a labor market in which smart machines work alongside human professionals. The new literacies of Aoun's humanics are data literacytechnological literacy, and human literacy. Students will need data literacy to manage the flow of big data, and technological literacy to know how their machines work, but human literacy -- the humanities, communication, and design -- to function as a human being. Life-long learning opportunities will support their ability to adapt to change.

The only certainty about the future is change. Higher education based on the new literacies of humanics can equip students for living and working through change."

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I'm Chris Groscurth. I'm a leadership consultant, coach, and writer.

I started Leadership 4iR, an independent think tank, to educate and empower leaders with leadership ideas to prepare their organizations for Fourth Industrial Revolution Mega Trends. 

I have been helping leaders lead change and Future-Focus (TM) their organizations for the past 15 years across industries like healthcare, banking, education, manufacturing, and hospitality.​ I want to share what I've learned with you!