This is an excerpt from Empower: How to Co-Create the Future. The full 200+ page book is available by donation!
“All routine work—anything that is on some level routine, repetitive, predictable—is susceptible to automation”
excerpt from book
David Passiak: The title of your recent book The Rise of the Robots conjures up images from science fiction with androids taking over and challenging humans for control of the planet. It becomes quickly clear in reading that you refer to a much broader, different type of disruption happening across all industries. What does the rise of the robots look like?
Martin Ford: The word robot is used very broadly. Really, what I am talking about is artificial intelligence and automation. Often that is going to be just software. One of the biggest issues that I point out in the book is that a lot of skilled jobs held by people with college-degrees sitting in front of computers doing some type of knowledge work are highly susceptible. That obviously has nothing to do with physical robots.