The Globotics Upheaval
Globalisation, Robotics and the Future of Work
By Richard Baldwin
The Rise of the Robots for the masses. How to survive in a world of virtual globalisation.
'It might just save your life - and your children's lives. The Globotics Upheaval is a manifesto for future-proofing our jobs and prosperity' Sunday Times
Automation, artificial intelligence and robotics are changing our lives quickly - but digital disruption goes much further than we realize.
Richard Baldwin, one of the world's leading globalization experts, argues that the inhuman speed of this transformation threatens to overwhelm our capacity to adapt. When technology enables people from around the world to be a virtual presence in any given office, globotics will disrupt the lives of millions of skilled workers much faster than automation, industrialization and globalization disrupted lives in previous centuries. What measures will people and governments take in response to such a tectonic economic and cultural shift? How do we avoid the prospect of undermining the very foundations of prosperity?
Whilst the changes are now inevitable, there are strategies that humanity can use to adapt to this new world, employing the indispensable skills that no machine can copy: creativity and independent thought. The Globotics Upheaval will help each of us prepare for the oncoming wave of the advanced robotic workforce.
Richard Baldwin is a Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, President of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, and Founder of the economic policy portal VoxEU.org. In addition to his research and teaching, he advises governments and international organisations around the world on globalisation and trade policy issues. In 1990-91 he served as a Senior Staff Economist for US President George Bush's Council of Economic Advisors, having completed his PhD in economics at MIT with Paul Krugman (with whom he has published a half dozen articles). His latest book, The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalisation, was published by Harvard University Press in November 2016.
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24 Jan 2019
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'It might just save your life - and your children's lives. The Globotics Upheaval is a manifesto for future-proofing our jobs and prosperity . . . His prose is snappy . . . as good a summary as you'll read of the techno-revolution that is about to hit us' — Sunday Times
'The book offers valuable insights into the long-term impact that globalization and AI will have on workers . . . Baldwin presents a compelling view of the future of work and the challenges ahead while there is still time to prepare' — John Peha, Science magazine
'An important new book that delivers a timely warning to the world's business elite . . . confirms his place as one of the most important thinkers in this era of global disruption' — James Crabtree, Financial Times
Globotics is the first book I've come across that ties together the two main forces shaping our world - globalisation and technological change - in an accessible way... Much of the research Baldwin shows in his book can be summarised as: when our job depends on our obedience, we are in trouble. When our job depends on our humanity, we are going to be okay. — THE BUSINESS POST
Baldwin has written an engaging and informative book that guides the reader through this disruptive technological change. The Globotics Upheaval distils complex ideas into measured and understandable language that readers with no prior understanding of artificial intelligence and economics will be able to digest. — THE TIMES
A provocative argument. — REUTERS