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The future of work : robots, AI, and automation

Author: Darrell M West
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Robots, artificial intelligence, and driverless cars are no longer things of the distant future. They are with us today and will become increasingly common in coming years, along with virtual reality and digital personal assistants. As these tools advance deeper into everyday use, they raise the question--how will they transform society, the economy, and politics? If companies need fewer workers due to automation  Read more...
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West, Darrell M., 1954-
Future of work.
Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018021828
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Darrell M West
ISBN: 9780815732938 0815732937 9780815732945 0815732945
OCLC Number: 1002118622
Description: xiii, 205 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Accelerating innovation --
Robots --
Artificial intelligence --
The internet of things --
Economic and social impact --
Rethinking work --
A new social contract --
Lifetime learning --
An action plan --
Is politics up to the task? --
Economic and political reform --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Darrell M. West.

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