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TitleThe Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future
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Table of Contents
                            THE LIGHTS IN
	
		
			
				Martin Ford
				CONTENTS
	INTRODUCTION
	Chapter 1
	THE TUNNEL
		The Mass Market
		Visualizing the Mass Market
		Automation Comes to the Tunnel
		A Reality Check
		Summarizing
	Chapter 2
	ACCELERATION
		The Rich Get Richer
		World Computational Capability
		Grid and Cloud Computing
		Meltdown
		Diminishing Returns
		Offshoring and Drive-Through Banking
		Short Lived Jobs
		Traditional Jobs: The “Average” Lights in the Tunnel
		A Tale of Two Jobs
		“Software” Jobs and Artificial Intelligence
		Automation, Offshoring and Small Business
		“Hardware” Jobs and Robotics
		“Interface” Jobs
		The Next “Killer App”
		Military Robotics
		Robotics and Offshoring
		Nanotechnology and its Impact on Employment
		The Future of College Education
		Econometrics: Looking Backward
		The Luddite Fallacy
		A More Ambitious View of Future Technological Progress: The Singularity
		A War on Technology
	Chapter 3
	DANGER
		The Predictive Nature of Markets
		The 2008-2009 Recession
		Offshoring and Factory Migration
		Reconsidering Conventional Views about the Future
		The China Fallacy
		The Future of Manufacturing
		India and Offshoring
		Economic and National Security Implications for the United States
		Solutions
		Labor and Capital Intensive Industries: The Tipping Point
		The Average Worker and the Average Machine
		Capital Intensive Industries are “Free Riders”
		The Problem with Payroll Taxes
		The “Workerless” Payroll Tax
		“Progressive” Wage Deductions
		Defeating the Lobbyists
		A More Conventional View of the Future
		The Risk of Inaction
	Chapter 4
	TRANSITION
		The Basis of the Free Market Economy: Incentives
		Preserving the Market
		Recapturing Wages
			
				Unit Cost Breakdown for a Hypothetical Product or Service
		Positive Aspects of Jobs
		The Power of Inequality
		Where the Free Market Fails: Externalities
		Creating a Virtual Job
			Education
			Community and Civic Activities
			Journalism
			The Environment and other Externalities
			Setting the Incentives
		Smoothing the Business Cycle and Reducing Economic Risk
		The Market Economy of the Future
		An International View
		Transitioning to the New Model
		Keynesian Grandchildren
		Transition in the Tunnel
	Chapter 5
	THE GREEN LIGHT
		Attacking Poverty
		Fundamental Economic Constraints
			Labor
			Energy, Land, Natural Resources and Environmental Impact
			Technology
			Consumer Demand
		Removing the Constraints
		The Evolution toward Consumption
		The Green Light
	APPENDIX / FINAL THOUGHTS
		Are the ideas presented in this book WRONG?   (Opposing arguments with responses)
		Two Questions Worth Thinking About
			One
			Two
		Where are we now? Four Possible Cases
		The Next 10-20 years: Some Indicators to Watch For
			Labor intensive areas of the economy begin to see increased automation
			New technology industries fail to create significant numbers of jobs
			Diminishing prospects for college graduates
			Systemic unemployment invades the economy
			Increasingly bad news for entitlement and retirement programs
			Trouble in China
			Continuing Instability in the Financial Markets
			Ugly and irrational political battles
		Outsmarting Marx
		The Technology Paradox
		Machine Intelligence and the Turing Test
	About / Contacting the Author
	NOTES
                        

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