16 must-read books on the impact of AI, robotics, and automation


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AI and robotics are playing a growing a role in business, commerce, and manufacturing, leading to more automation in the workplace. This list of prominent titles offers insights into where we’re headed and how to prepare for the next technological revolution.

From the list:

The Robots Are Coming!: The Future of Jobs in the Age of Automation
In his book, author Andrés Oppenheimer explores the ways jobs are being affected by the rapid growth of automation and online products and services. The Robots Are Coming! suggests that automation will not create massive unemployment, but it will certainly change the ways in which we work. Oppenheimer interviews experts from Oxford University who indicate that in the next 20 years 47% of existing jobs are at risk of becoming automated or rendered obsolete, particularly in the areas of food service, legal work, banking, and medicine.

Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines
In Only Humans Need Apply, authors Thomas Hayes Davenport and Julia Kirby look at jobs and automation in a different light, arguing that the future of increased productivity and business success is the combination of humans and machines working in tandem. The key, as Davenport and Kirby explain, is augmentation. The authors suggest that we should not see machines as competition for jobs, but rather partners and collaborators that will help us work better, smarter, and faster.

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