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The technology trap capital, labor, and power in the age of automation Carl Benedikt Frey

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Frey, Carl Benedikt  Search this
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1 online resource (xiv, 465 pages) illustrations
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Electronic books
Great Britain
19th century
21st century
Cover; Contents; Preface; Introduction; Part I. The Great Stagnation; 1. A Brief History of Preindustrial Progress; 2. Preindustrial Prosperity; 3. Why Mechanization Failed; Part II. The Great Divergence; 4. The Factory Arrives; 5. The Industrial Revolution and Its Discontents; Part III. The Great Leveling; 6. From Mass Production to Mass Flourishing; 7. The Return of the Machinery Question; 8. The Triumph of the Middle Class; Part IV. The Great Reversal; 9. The Descent of the Middle Class; 10. Forging Ahead, Drifting Apart; 11. The Politics of Polarization; Part V. The Future; 12. Artificial Intelligence; 13. The Road to Riches; Acknowledgments; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index
From the Industrial Revolution to the age of artificial intelligence, The Technology Trap takes a sweeping look at the history of technological progress and how it has radically shifted the distribution of economic and political power among society's members. As Carl Benedikt Frey shows, the Industrial Revolution created unprecedented wealth and prosperity over the long run, but the immediate consequences of mechanization were devastating for large swaths of the population. Middle-income jobs withered, wages stagnated, the labor share of income fell, profits surged, and economic inequality skyrocketed. These trends, Frey documents, broadly mirror those in our current age of automation, which began with the Computer Revolution. Just as the Industrial Revolution eventually brought about extraordinary benefits for society, artificial intelligence systems have the potential to do the same. But Frey argues that this depends on how the short term is managed. In the nineteenth century, workers violently expressed their concerns over machines taking their jobs. The Luddite uprisings joined a long wave of machinery riots that swept across Europe and China. Today's despairing middle class has not resorted to physical force, but their frustration has led to rising populism and the increasing fragmentation of society. As middle-class jobs continue to come under pressure, there's no assurance that positive attitudes to technology will persist. The Industrial Revolution was a defining moment in history, but few grasped its enormous consequences at the time. The Technology Trap demonstrates that in the midst of another technological revolution, the lessons of the past can help us to more effectively face the present
Technological innovations--Economic aspects  Search this
Technology--Social aspects--History  Search this
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS--Economics--General  Search this
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS--Reference  Search this
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS--Labor  Search this
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HC79.T4 F744 2019 (Internet)
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