New Book "The Future of Work:  Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation"

Robots, artificial intelligence, and driverless cars are no longer fantasy, but are with us today and will become increasingly common in coming years, along with virtual reality and digital personal assistants. As these tools advance deeper into everyday use, how will they transform society, the economy, and politics? If companies need fewer workers due to automation and new business models, what will happen to those who don't have job skills? And since many social benefits are delivered through full-time employment, how are people outside the workforce for a lenghty period of time going to earn a living and get healthcare and retirement benefits? In this book, West argues that society needs to rethink the concept of jobs, reconfigure the social contract, move toward lifetime learning, and develop a new kind of politics that can deal with economic dislocations. It is imperative that we make major adjustments to prevent society from spiraling out of control.

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