The Autonomous Revolution: Reclaiming the Future We've Sold to Machines

  • 8h 14m 7s
  • Michael Malone, William Davidow
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2020

We are at the dawn of the Autonomous Revolution, a turning point in human history as decisive as the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. More and more, AI-based machines are replacing human beings, and online environments are gathering our data and using it to manipulate us. This loss of human autonomy amounts to nothing less than a societal phase change, a fundamental paradigm shift. The same institutions will remain - schools, banks, churches, and corporations - but they will radically change form, obey new rules, and use new tools.

William H. Davidow and Michael S. Malone go deeply into the enormous implications of these developments. They show why increases in productivity no longer translate into increases in the GDP and how zero cost, one-to-many communications have been turned into tools for cybercrime and propaganda. Many of the book's recommendations - such as using taxes to control irresponsible internet behavior and enabling people to put their data into what are essentially virtual personal information "safety deposit boxes" - are bold and visionary, but we must figure out how we will deal with these emerging challenges now, before the Autonomous Revolution overcomes us.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter One - The Autonomous Revolution: A Third Social Revolution
  • Chapter Two - A Brief History of Social Phase Changes: Why This Time Things are Different
  • Chapter Three - Substitutional Equivalences: The Drivers of Societal Phase Change
  • Chapter Four - Productivity without Prosperity: The Emerging Era of Non-Monetizable Productivity
  • Chapter Five - Commercial Transformation: Rewriting Business and the Economy
  • Chapter Six - The Death of the Good Job: The Nature of Work in the Autonomous Revolution
  • Chapter Seven - Liberty and Privacy: Escaping the Algorithmic Prison
  • Chapter Eight - Within the Chimera: Living in a Virtual World
  • Chapter Nine - The Body Politic: Government in the Autonomous Revolution
  • Chapter Ten - Sacred Values: Novi Coeptus

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