The Lights In the Tunnel - Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future: "What will the economy of the future look like?"
This is from IEET, the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. At least that is where I found the link.
Now if you have ever been to IEET, you might find I have one major issue with most of them, which is that they all seem to see all these issues as being still safely decades down the road.
I've just started reading this PDF, and I can already say it appears to NOT suffer from that same failing.
I have been saying for years now that our economic crisis is not going to get better. That we MUST come up with humanitarian solutions to reduce the misery and suffering of the mass of humanity, because we are going to face greater and greater misery and suffering as jobs vanish to machines. And that we must DO IT NOW, before things get even worse.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. The economy of scarcity is collapsing all around us. But it's a necessary destruction which paves the way to a new economy of abundance.
To quote from the Blurb:
Where will advancing technology, job automation, outsourcing andglobalization lead?
Is it possible that accelerating computer technology was a primary cause of the current global economic crisis—and that even more disruptive impacts lie ahead?
This groundbreaking book by a Silicon Valley computer engineer and entrepreneur explores these questions and shows how accelerating technology is likely to have a highly disruptive influence on our economy in the near future—and may well already be a significant factor in the current global crisis.
THE LIGHTS IN THE TUNNEL employs a powerful thought experiment to explore the economy of the future. An imaginary "tunnel of lights" is used to visualize the economic implications of the new technologies that are likely to appear in the coming years and decades.
The book directly challenges nearly all conventional views of the future and illuminates the danger that lies ahead if we do not plan for the impact of rapidly advancing technology. It also offers unique insights into how technology will intertwine with globalization to shape the twenty-first century and explores ways in which the economic realities of the future might be leveraged to drive prosperity and to address global challenges such as poverty and climate change.
YOU MUST UNDERSTAND TECHNOLOGY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD. If you cannot understand technology, then it doesn't matter what political or economic views you hold. They will be based on erroneous assumptions.
The book is available here: