The stories in this book explore the ways that artificial intelligence and related technologies will affect the job market. At the moment, no-one can predict exactly what will happen, but it seems very likely that in the years to come, people will need to retrain and change jobs more often. Looking further ahead, we may need to work out how to make technological unemployment a very positive outcome, and with that in mind, this book has twice as many positive stories as negative ones.
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About the book
The stories range from the comic (sex bots falling in love with themselves, satire on today’s politicians) to the darkly serious (desperate people scrabbling to survive in an economy where technology has reached a dead end). They provide warnings about what we must avoid, but also plenty of hope about the wonderful world we could build.
All proceeds from this book will go to the Economic Singularity Foundation, a charity established to promote constructive analysis and discussion of the future of work. We hope you will enjoy the stories, but most of all, we hope you will join the debate.
Do you have a story about the future of work in 2045? Or an idea for one? As long as it is not libellous, hateful, or in some other way inappropriate, we will publish it on this website for all the world to see.
If we receive enough stories of publishable quality, we will edit them and publish them in a sequel to this book. All proceeds will go to charity.
We have all read articles about robots stealing our jobs. But are they right?
About the ESC
The truth is, no-one knows whether robots will steal our jobs: there is no data about the future, and as the saying goes, even if history sometimes rhymes, it rarely repeats itself. Past rounds of automation were mostly mechanisation, with machines taking over muscle jobs. That wasn’t a long-term problem for humans, who had cognitive skills to offer, but it was bad news for the 21.5m horses who were pulling vehicles on farms and roads in the US in 1915. Today there are just two million horses in the US: a serious case of technological unemployment!
We are just starting to see the arrival of cognitive automation, with self-driving cars, automated check-outs, sophisticated bots in call centres and so on. And it is not just low-paid, repetitive work that is at risk: machines can “read” medical images better than human radiologists, and they can plough through legal documents faster and more accurately than junior lawyers. Some of this sounds like science fiction – but science fiction contains many ideas which have become reality.
We do not know what will happen, so we should not be complacent: we should be thinking about and preparing for a range of scenarios.
The Economic Singularity Club (ESC) is a think tank comprised of senior people from AI research, business, journalism, and the public sector. Our interests and experiences are disparate, but we share the belief that artificial intelligence and related technologies will change the job market dramatically in the coming decades, and that the discussion about this needs to improve.
The ESC has two objectives:
1. To find ways to persuade society to take seriously the possibility of widespread technological unemployability (the economic singularity).
2. To promote activities which will enable the good outcomes to be realised, if and when it happens.