Peter Diamandis talks about "Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK"

X Prize Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis talks at the CIO Network about a future where the cost of living becomes essentially free, giving a shout-out to my book "Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK: How to Survive the Economic Collapse and Be Happy".

Original video from The Wall Street Journal

(mis)adventures of a CrowdFunding Campaign | illustrated and painfully experienced

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Robots Will Steal Your Job–not such a crazy idea after all

When I first started thinking about structural technological unemployment, the only notable piece of literature on the subject was "The End of Work" by Jeremy Rifkin. It was good, but very outdated (1995).

Then I read Martin Ford's "The Light in The Tunnel", and I thought it was well written and researched, but some of his solutions seemed absurd (e.g. the state should pay people to read, because otherwise everyone would slack off?). Needless to say, I was a bit frustrated by his vision.

Then I read "Race Against the Machine" by MIT professors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, and I had the same thought: very good analysis, but very few solutions "outside the box thinking".

I was even more frustrated. It was the signal for me that I had to write a book of my own. When I wrote it last year—publishing it on November 5—it was still fringe thought and people said I was crazy; now everyone seems to be writing about it. These are just some of the articles that have come up since I published my book and gave a talk at TEDxVienna 2012.

Wired Magazine went a bit further. Their 20-page long article titles "Robots Are Already Replacing Us", and this is the magazine cover for January 2013:

Wired Robots Take Over

...and here's the cover of my book:

Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK

Apparently, not such a crazy idea after all.

p.s. Just to be clear, I'm not suggesting Wired copy my book. It's just common sense to make a cover like that, given the topic. I think it's interesting though that what seemed like a preposterous idea is rapidly gaining acceptance in the mainstream.

Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK: How to Survive the Economic Collapse and Be Happy - Press Release


Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK: How to Survive the Economic Collapse and Be Happy - by Federico Pistono

You are about to become obsolete. As we speak, millions of algorithms created by computer scientists are frantically running on servers all over the world, with one sole purpose: do whatever humans can do, but better.

San Francisco, CA—December 11, 2012—Opening the TEDxVienna 2012 is award-winning journalist and computer scientist Federico Pistono, who tries to warn us of the imminent threat that technology poses on the labour force, and on society at large.

In his recently published book “Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK”, Pistono explores the impact of technological advances on our lives, what it means to be happy, and provides suggestions on how to avoid a systemic collapse.

The rapid advancements in science and technology may be leading society towards irreversible, structural unemployment; where many jobs are replaced by machines, while very few new occupations are created.

Technology is advancing exponentially, but our culture and our ethical values are not. In his book, Pistono argues that, unless we shift our focus, our motivations, and our use of technology in a smart and ethical way, the future may look very bleak. If instead, we take this opportunity and use technology to truly improve the quality of our lives, the future could be much better than we can conceive today.

Author Vivek Wadhwa—winner of The Economist “Book of the Year”, columnist for The New York Times and Science Magazine—wrote: “Splendid piece of work. I have never taken drugs, but if I did, I expect that the ride would be like what I experienced in reading your book.”

The book opened as a #1 Amazon bestseller in the Automation Engineering category and it’s available worldwide on (Kindle and Paperback), Lulu (ePub and Hardcover), and the Apple iBookstore.

My talk at TEDxVienna "Robots Will Steal Your Job, but That's OK"

I don't know if they did this on purpose, but today, December 8, my talk at TEDxVienna went live. What a perfect birthday present.

Happy watching.

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