On Tuesday, the US will learn about its next President. While the next POTUS will inherit a number of challenges, one particularly vexing one will be about the growing pessimism about automation destroying tens of millions of jobs and a shrinking middle class.
To help calm some of the fears, starting Monday night, I discounting by 70% the Kindle version of my book on automation and jobs, Silicon Collar. It is a pragmatic response to all the pessimism and based on study of a century of automation and interviews with practitioners of modern automation in over 50 work settings across industries. Instead of the list price of $ 9.99, for the next week on you can buy it for just $ 2.99 at amazon.com The sale will last a week.
I will go a step further. After you read the book, if you still feel pessimistic about the impact of automation, I will take your bet about any scenario of large job losses 5, 10, 20 years out. We just need to agree on something measureable, the timeline and the wager. It could be a nice dinner, a charitable donation, whatever.
Look forward to your thoughts on my research and in the meantime, let’s celebrate a fresh start.