The linear trend of creating jobs has been securely behind the exponentially growing trend of removal since the 70's. The problem is that this was hidden by 'fluff' jobs which are mindless substitutions for real work. These are jobs that do things that people should be doing and used to do for themselves. Or they are jobs that a productive society really shouldn't need. At this point these fluff jobs (which pay less) began forcing families into two income situations to help hide the problem. This is also the point where the banks swooped in to save the day with credit cards that let them effectively steal future wealth as opposed to just current wealth. And now here we are with that option maxed out and there's no where left to turn.
Martin Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm and the author of the forthcoming book Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future (Basic Books, May 2015) and also The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future (Acculant Publishing, 2009). He has over 25 years experience in the fields of computer design and software development. He holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a graduate business degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
He has written for publications including Fortune, Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Project Syndicate, The Huffington Post and The Fiscal Times. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including NPR and CNBC. Martin is a frequent keynote speaker on the subject of accelerating progress in robotics and artificial intelligence—and what these advances mean for the economy, job market and society of the future.
- University of MichiganComputer Engineering
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