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Будущее без работы. Технологии, автоматизация и стоит ли их бояться

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  618 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Технологии не только делают нашу жизнь проще, но и меняют ее до неузнаваемости. Профессии трансформируются быстрее всего — и за последние десятилетия человечество, кажется, устало бояться конкуренции со стороны машин. Однако сейчас, в свете коронавируса, мы стоим на пороге беспрецедентной автоматизации труда — будущее без работы уже наступает. Неужели технологии полностью ...more
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Published 2020 by Individuum
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Marks54
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a newly published book by a British economist that focuses on the potential for technological change and its application via automation to eventually eliminate or at least seriously reduce that amount of economically valuable work that is available for people to do. Is it possible that technology is finally going to succeed in destroying the potential for gainful employment and leaving those who cannot find work with reduced resources and few places to go to support themselves? Hmmm ... ...more
Lisa Wright
Technological unemployment isn't just coming, it is here now. Manufacturing jobs have been lost to automation and countless others have fallen to algorithms and apps and a need for cheaper and faster everything. The question is not how to stop it, but how to adapt to this unstoppable change. Susskind has written an accessible, important book. For fans of Yuval Harari and anyone who expects to keep living through the next few decades. ...more
Miguel
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s a pretty big gap in the thesis that Susskind lays out in a future of going from more advanced AI to the depletion in large numbers of jobs such that it will have a significant effect on society. Early in the book he brings up historical examples of new job creation over time (agricultural jobs for the majority of people shifting to other work the most well-known example, to the bank teller roles that never went away with the advent of the ATM). However, somehow we’re to believe that adva ...more
Michae;l
Nov 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While the concept of less or different work in the future is real, his conclusions are laughable and absurd. He believes a benevolent State will come provide meaning in your life. He apparently is not much a student of history.

There are several other flawed assumptions, really too many to discuss. Not worth reading as much as I thought the concept was worth exploring.
Ryan Manganiello
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an author myself, I freaking hate it when people finish reading your book, and then fail to alert you of a mistake, so here I am letting you know that I found a mistake in your book, so that you may fix it. The error is referenced below:

Page: 114
Third "New" Paragraph
"This will no longer the case."

Other than that, I thought the book was pretty good, and I especially like how the author toed an albeit fine line when it came to what his own opinions are on the matter of "A World without Work", w
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Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎
Extremely interesting, thought provoking and stimulating read about risks of technological changes on modern society. I applaud this author for the courage to come up with ideas to address issues affecting the working population now and in the near future. Susskind proposes radical solutions to problems of inequality, power and meaning are quite outside the square, and likely to cause controversy and attract criticism. Can UBI (Universal Basic income) be the successful answer in a future where a ...more
Venky
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A World Without Work”, sans any semblance of doubt has to be one of the most influential and powerful books penned in the 20th Century. Addressing a topical issue, the author, a Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, sets out in a measured, methodical and meticulous style, the attendant challenges and the probable solutions. The issue dwelt by Daniel Susskind in his book is that of “technological unemployment.” The displacement of humans by machines is neither a novel concept nor an in ...more
Kim
Didn't finish, but didn't take long before I was disturbed by not entirely subtle white nationalist themes? Yikes. After I started worrying there was a theme (author has a big love for Western Europe, protected property rights, German efficiency ...), it didn't take many pages before "rule of law" got trotted out. If you're not sure how that's related, it's time to look up dog whistles and "rule of law."

This man is in a position of power at Oxford University and probably has at least some power
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Nils
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Automation and AI mean that the problems of scarcity are being replaced with problems of inequality, concentrated political power, and questions of purpose and identity.

The book in the end wishes to defy Leontief’s fears that humans will go the way of horses, rendered obsolete by machinery.

Nicely balanced realism about the radical transformations in store without succumbing to either fantasies of technoutopian cornucopia or to the dystopian dread of mass exclusion. In the end, Sussking rightly s
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Freddy
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first half reads like a text book and the second half is a weird mix of political debate, the author‘s obsession with ancient wisdom and random issues somewhat related to the future of work. It’s a characterless book with zero charm, or humour. Most of all it has a dark undertone, and offers little insights into what’s actually going on.
Maureen
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty repetitive with few action oriented steps. Feel like I could summarize this book in less than a page. Bottom line is that humans complement machines and humans must be willing to learn new skills when machines takeovers certain industries. The author does provide many examples that are helpful that I learned from.
Ietrio
Jan 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk
Another academic leech who is not content with how much tax money the state is pushing his way and gets a second job as a fear monger. Welcome the academic prophet.
Mark Steed
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Daniel Susskind, Economics don at Balliol Oxford, leads the reader through a persuasive well-structured argument that the automation that we are seeing today will be profoundly different from technological change in the past. The consequence of this is that we need to rethink the status of work and look to new ways to shape our society in a ‘world without work’.


The Context 

Ch.1. A History of Misplaced Anxiety 
A survey of the effect of technology on work over the past three cen
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Isty26
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sudeepa Nair
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me begin with who, according to me, should read this book.

-those who are worried about Robots and AI taking up our jobs
-those who are worried about rising income inequality
-parents who are worried about the children’s future careers
-those who are concerned about the present and future trajectory of our education system
-those who know to code and those who don’t know to code

The author raises pertinent questions about current notions on which jobs or professions are likely to disappear due to
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Karen
Feb 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While parts of this were interesting, and it was clearly written, it didn't hold my attention. He eventually came around to saying all the things I hoped he would (mainly that people may not necessarily want work; they just want an income and health care) I wish this had been part of the introductory premise of the book rather than just mentioned in the last chapter. Similarly, while I am glad he talked about economic inequality, and the fact that wealth is determined more by how much capital so ...more
Jerry Wall
God = things not explained, i.e. God of the gaps. p. 62
certain uniquely human characteristics such as empathy, creativity, judgment, or critical thinking will never be automated p. 77
legal automation examples. p. 82
Catholic church in 2011 issued an imprimatur (official license for religious texts. to a mobile app. p. 85
. . . countries that are aging faster tend to invest more in automation. p. 94
. . . more robots were installed in China in 2016 than in any other country. * * * To adapt the old s
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Romany
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any minute now.
Louis Arranz
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting thoughts on the need to rethink our approach to work, education and safety nets in a society where many tasks and some jobs get automated away. The distinction between Universal Basic Income and Conditional Basic Income that the author pushes for is an interesting one.
Nick Harris
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent discussion of the causes of less work, but vague on the details of the radical socialist solutions.
Michelle
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for some perspective on the history and evolution of technology and its impact on the workplace, as well as where it is headed and its anticipated future impacts-- this may be the book for you. Here are a few notes I took from it:

• “The future of work raises exciting and troubling questions that often have little to do with economics: questions about the nature of intelligence, about inequality and why it matters, about the political power of large technology companies, about
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Choonghwan
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since the early days of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, we have been repeatedly warned of the diminishing demand for labor. First steam engines, then internal combustion engines, railways, electricity, telephones, and computers, the list can go on and on. Until the very end of the 20th century, it had proven to be false dawnings: we end up having new job opportunities while losing some others in the process.

Not likely any longer. While technology keeps replacing manual work
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Laura
Automation is changing the world of work, and we're not ready for it. Yep. So let's get serious. Susskind discusses different forms of UBI (which he sees as an inevitability) and working for the good of the community (not necessarily for pay), but his thoughts on how income would be distributed are hazy at best. Still, the discussions of economic theory and the history of economic and technological change were interesting and instructive. ...more
Amanda Youngs
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a book about economics - for me that was always going to make it a bit on the dry side. Having said that, though, it was well-written, surprisingly entertaining and very thought-provoking. ...more
Brad Boyson
Oct 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Painfully verbose. I'm sure there are some insights hidden somewhere. ...more
Jack Moran
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the last few hundred years, attempts to innovate have brought with them frequent anxieties about the implications for workers: namely, the fear that those innovations will lead to technological unemployment. As technological progress accelerates like never before, Daniel Susskind attempts to wrestle with two essential questions for anyone looking forward to the next century of human life: (a) is automation going to render us all jobless, and (b) if so, how do we respond - economically, yes, ...more
ReadingMama
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written by a British Economist, this is an excellent prediction of the near future and as matter of fact, a lot of our reality. I believe all 2020 presidential candidates must read this kind of book if he/she truly cares about LEADING this nation, and understand the world. There are many excellent points that Susskind brings out in this book but these are some of the interesting and crucial findings that I grasped.

Three effects that technology/machines have impacted:
Productivity effect: machine
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Wang Lifang
Three biggest takeaway:
1. It's hard to imagine what will happen too far down the road. In the 1890s, big cities rely on horses for transportation, and economists at the time predict the cities will be buried by horse dung in the coming decades and that finding a solution to remove all the horse dung would be a headache. Lo and behold, the invention of cars brought creative destruction that completely annuls the horse transportation industry and the once imminent and dire problem simply evaporate
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JessiDub
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John
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whether you agree with some of the conclusions about AI, its impact on work, or the author's proposed solution, this book is an eye opener. It is clear and well written-while 1/3 of book pages are references, its good for general interest. I understand AI better now; particularly the part about it not modeling how humans think; it goes beyond human. The author is also humble in avoiding firm predictions and absolutes; lots of grey in when and what will happen. But AI will happen and much of "wor ...more
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