The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future

September 13, 2010
Author:
Martin Ford
Publisher:
CreateSpace (9/22/2009)

Amazon | What will the economy of the future look like? Where will advancing technology, job automation, outsourcing and globalization lead?

Is it possible that accelerating computer technology was a primary cause of the current global economic crisis–and that even more disruptive impacts lie ahead?

This groundbreaking book by Silicon Valley computer engineer and entrepreneur, Martin Ford, explores these questions and shows how accelerating technology is likely to have a highly disruptive influence on our economy in the near future–and may well already be a significant factor in the current global crisis.

The Lights in the Tunnel employs a powerful thought experiment to explore the economy of the future. An imaginary “tunnel of lights” is used to visualize the economic implications of the new technologies that are likely to appear in the coming years and decades.

The book directly challenges nearly all conventional views of the future and illuminates the danger that lies ahead if we do not plan for the impact of rapidly advancing technology. It also offers unique insights into how technology will intertwine with globalization to shape the remainder of the twenty-first century, and explores ways in which the economic realities of the future might offer new approaches to addressing global challenges such as poverty and climate change.