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The Economic Singularity: Artificial Intelligence and the Death of Capitalism

The Economic Singularity: Artificial Intelligence and the Death of Capitalism



Author: Calum Chace
Narrator: Joe Hempel
Publisher: Three Cs
Length: 7 h 11 m
Genre: Non-Fiction
Published: 2016
Reviewer: Anonymous

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It is hard to know if I liked this book so much because it was well researched, thoughtful and insightful or because it is the perfect blend of dystopian hell and geek redemption. Superficially the author, Calum Chace, is writing about the loss of jobs to machines and how this has been a fear for all of the industrial revolution, but, "this time really is different".
Calum explains why before it was manual labor but this time machines are coming for our "cognitive" or intellectual tasks. How will society deal with mass unemployment? Universal basic income says  weather the machine owners (or AI copyright holders) like it or not.
All in all a great book on the near term incoming jobs crisis for the non-programmers out there, or as Calum puts it, all struggles in the future will be between the Gods and the Useless.