Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation

Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation

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"While we need to rewrite the rules of the twenty-first-century economy, Kevin's book is a great look at how people can do this on a personal level to always put humanity first."--Andrew Yang

"A clear, compelling strategy for surviving the next wave of technology with our jobs--and souls--intact."--Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit

The machines are here. After decades of sci-fi fantasies and hype, artificial intelligence has leapt out of research labs and Silicon Valley engineering departments and into the center of our lives. Algorithms shape everything around us, from the news we see to the products we buy and the relationships we form. And while the debate over whether or not automation will destroy jobs rages on, a much more important question is being ignored:

What does it mean to be a human in a world that is increasingly built by and for machines?

In Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation, New York Times technology columnist Kevin Roose lays out a hopeful, pragmatic vision of how people can succeed in the machine age by making themselves irreplaceably human. He shares the secrets of people and organizations that have survived technological change, and explains how we can protect our own futures, with lessons like

- Do work that is surprising, social, and scarce (the types of work machines can't do).
- Demote your phone.
- Work near other people.
- Treat A.I. like an army of chimpanzees.
- Add more friction to your life.

Roose rejects the conventional wisdom that in order to compete with machines, we have to become more like them--hyper-efficient, data-driven, code-writing workhorses. Instead, he says, we should let machines be machines, and focus on doing the kinds of creative, inspiring, and meaningful things only humans can do.

Title:Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation
ISBN:9780593133347
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    Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation Reviews

  • Vlad

    I greatly enjoyed 80% of this book. It's a nicely balanced examination of current thinking on automation. I worked at Automation Anywhere, one of the companies talked about in the book, and agree with...

  • Soumya Tejam

    Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation isn’t one of those “technology is going to destroy the world” books — Kevin Roose loves technology and takes an honest look at how we...

  • TEELOCK Mithilesh

    A.I. and automation have certainly garnered a lot of attention and headlines in the tech press over the past decade, especially as the technology has improved exponentially in recent years. But with t...

  • Lisa Wright

    Roose presents a very balanced view of AI and automation in our world. He is neither pro or con but rather is focused on how AI and automation directly impact us on a personal level. "It's easy to see...

  • Florin Pitea

    Enjoyable. Accessible. Necessary. Recommended....

  • Jim Ray

    "Futureproof" is several things neatly and tidily wrapped into a very accessible and enjoyable package. Divided into two sections, the first is a fairly straightforward history of automation, complete...

  • Toby LeBlanc

    A book about how to maintain humanity amidst algorithms speaks to one of the many anxieties we have to consider in this globalizing, climate changing, pandemicking world. Thankfully, it was not all do...

  • Alexander

    Futureproof packs in a ton of insight into a small package. I often complain that nonfiction (especially of a political nature) books should have been magazine articles instead, but this tightly const...

  • Roland Curit

    The book is divided into 2 parts. Part 1, “The Machines”, gives a history lesson of human fears about being replaced by machines. In the Industrial Revolution, many human jobs became obsolete, but...

  • Deedi Brown (DeediReads)

    All my reviews live at https://deedispeaking.com/.TL;DR REVIEW:Interesting, approachable, and compelling, Futureproof was a pleasant surprise among this kind of nonfiction. It offers both moral and pr...