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A World Without Work


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Daniel Susskind is the coauthor, with Richard Susskind, of The Future of the Professions, named as one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times, New Scientist, and the Times Literary Supplement. He is a fellow in economics at Balliol College, Oxford University. Previously, he worked in the British government - as a policy adviser in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, as a policy analyst in the Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street, and as a senior policy adviser in the Cabinet Office.


"Compelling... Thought-provoking... Should be required reading for any potential presidential candidate thinking about the economy of the future."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Susskind guides the reader through a boneyard of discredited assumptions about technological unemployment... An explainer rather than a polemic, written in the relentlessly reasonable tone that dominates popular economics: the voice of a clever, sensible man telling you what's what."
--The Guardian

"Convincing and illuminating... A complex yet lucid and surprisingly optimistic account from the frontlines of technology addressing the challenges facing the human workforce."
--Kirkus Reviews "Susskind's book is so timely, to miss it might be downright irresponsible."
--Booklist "A superb and sophisticated contribution to the debate over work in the age of artificial intelligence. Susskind approaches the discussion with a great command of the evidence and with excellent judgment. Never glib, consistently wise and well informed, this is the book to read to understand how digital technologies and artificial intelligence in particular are reshaping the economy and labor market, and how we will live alongside increasingly smart machines."
--Jeffrey Sachs, author of The End of Poverty "Susskind has written a fascinating book about a vitally important topic--and he writes with such elegance that you don't even notice how much you're learning. Original and compelling."
--Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist "This is the book to read on the future of work in the age of artificial intelligence. It is thoughtful and state of the art on the economics of the issue, but its real strength is the way it goes beyond just the economics. A truly important contribution that deserves widespread consideration."
--Lawrence H. Summers "Eloquent and humane, A World Without Work moves the debate beyond the illusion that technology always creates more jobs than it destroys. It provocatively explores the role of work in human life, and what to do when that role evaporates."
--Stuart Russell, author of Human Compatible "Daniel Susskind offers an authoritative and hype-free perspective on how technology will change work. This eloquent and humane book deserves wide readership--and wide influence."
--Martin Rees, author of On the Future "An important book on an equally important topic. Susskind's conclusion is that ultimately there will be less paid work to go around. This will shake the foundations of our economy and our society. It will be a daunting challenge. We have to start thinking hard about it now."
--Martin Wolf, author of The Shifts and the Shocks

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