An Oxford economist recommends the best books to get up to speed on the future of work.
Will robots take all our jobs? And if they do, will that be a good thing or a bad thing? How will we have to change our politics, education system, and economy to respond to tech-based disruption of the labor market?
Everyone from Elon Musk and Bill Gates to Stephen Hawking and a host of presidential candidates has loudly disagreed about these important questions. If you’re not an economist or an A.I. expert, the debates can be confusing. How can you direct your business, your kid’s education, or your own learning if even the experts can’t agree on what the future of work will look like?
If you want to make sense of the future of work, you need a solid foundation of knowledge on the subject. On always fascinating book recommendation site Five Books recently, Oxford economist and author of the much celebrated World Without Work, Daniel Susskind, insists the basics you need to participate intelligently in these conversations is just five books away. Here are his picks:
1. The New Division of Labor by Frank Levy and Richard J Murnane
What jobs will become obsolete thanks to technology? This classic 2005 book says the key distinction is between ‘routine’ and ‘non-routine’ tasks, with those in routine jobs having the most to fear. This argument has grown more complicated as A.I. advances, but Susskind insists getting a handle on the distinction is essential as so many conversations about the