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Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? We might imagine—and hope—that today’s industrial revolution will unfold like the last: even as some jobs are eliminated, more will be created to deal with the new innovations of a new era. In Rise of the Robots, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Martin Ford argues that this is absolutely not the case. As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves, fewer people will be necessary. Artificial intelligence is already well on its way to making “good jobs” obsolete: many paralegals, journalists, office workers, and even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by robots and smart software. As progress continues, blue and white collar jobs alike will evaporate, squeezing working- and middle-class families ever further. At the same time, households are under assault from exploding costs, especially from the two major industries—education and health care—that, so far, have not been transformed by information technology. The result could well be massive unemployment and inequality as well as the implosion of the consumer economy itself.
In Rise of the Robots, Ford details what machine intelligence and robotics can accomplish, and implores employers, scholars, and policy makers alike to face the implications. The past solutions to technological disruption, especially more training and education, aren’t going to work, and we must decide, now, whether the future will see broad-based prosperity or catastrophic levels of inequality and economic insecurity. Rise of the Robots is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what accelerating technology means for their own economic prospects—not to mention those of their children—as well as for society as a whole.Goodreads →
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
The #1 New York Times Bestseller YOU ARE A BADASS IS THE SELF-HELP BOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY WANT TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES BUT DON’T WANT TO GET BUSTED DOING IT.
In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word. If you’re ready to make some serious changes around here, You Are a Badass will help you: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, blast past your fears so you can take big exciting risks, figure out how to make some damn money already, learn to love yourself and others, set big goals and reach them – it will basically show you how to create a life you totally love, and how to create it NOW.
By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.
If you’re wanting to kick some serious ass in the money department (you wanna?) and start making the kind of dinero you ain’t never made before, pre-order the next book in the series that’s all about your financial badassery: You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth, coming April 2017 from Viking Books.Goodreads →
When to Rob a Bank
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the landmark book Freakonomics comes this curated collection from the most readable economics blog in the universe. It’s the perfect solution for the millions of readers who love all things Freakonomics. Surprising and erudite, eloquent and witty, When to Rob a Bank demonstrates the brilliance that has made the Freakonomics guys an international sensation, with more than 7 million books sold in 40 languages, and 150 million downloads of their Freakonomics Radio podcast.
When Freakonomics was first published, the authors started a blog—and they’ve kept it up. The writing is more casual, more personal, even more outlandish than in their books. In When to Rob a Bank, they ask a host of typically off-center questions: Why don’t flight attendants get tipped? If you were a terrorist, how would you attack? And why does KFC always run out of fried chicken?
Over the past decade, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have published more than 8,000 blog posts on Freakonomics.com. Many of them, they freely admit, were rubbish. But now they’ve gone through and picked the best of the best. You’ll discover what people lie about, and why; the best way to cut gun deaths; why it might be time for a sex tax; and, yes, when to rob a bank. (Short answer: never; the ROI is terrible.) You’ll also learn a great deal about Levitt and Dubner’s own quirks and passions, from gambling and golf to backgammon and the abolition of the penny.
Steven D. Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, was awarded the John Bates Clark medal, given to the most influential American economist under forty. He is also a founder of The Greatest Good, which applies Freakonomics-style thinking to business and philanthropy.
Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He quit his first career—as an almost-rock-star—to become a writer. He has since taught English at Columbia, worked for The New York Times and published three non-Freakonomics books.Goodreads →
What Do You Care What Other People Think?
One of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the stories of his life. “What Do You Care What Other People Think?” is Feynman’s last literary legacy, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton. Among its many tales—some funny, others intensely moving—we meet Feynman’s first wife, Arlene, who taught him of love’s irreducible mystery as she lay dying in a hospital bed while he worked nearby on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos. We are also given a fascinating narrative of the investigation of the space shuttle Challenger’s explosion in 1986, and we relive the moment when Feynman revealed the disaster’s cause by an elegant experiment: dropping a ring of rubber into a glass of cold water and pulling it out, misshapen.Goodreads →
Wake Up: The Morning Routine That Will Change Your Life
Waking up early was the most LIFE-CHANGING habit I ever did. In just a few weeks I was waking up 2 hours early every day and feeling more productive and happier than ever. This book will show you how I did it.
* Are you dissatisfied with your life?
* Are you overwhelmed with obligations to everyone else but you?
* Do you want more time to yourself?
* Are you confused about your purpose?
* Are you worried about the future?
* Do you feel unhappy at work?
* Are you seeking peace and quiet?
* Are you feeling depressed and powerless in your life?
* Do you feel like life is passing you by?
That’s how I felt.
Trust me, I’ve tried and failed many times! I was addicted to the snooze button and lost momentum when I slept in on the weekends. I couldn’t keep the habit and went on Amazon looking for morning routine books. Sound familiar?
I was able to string together days, weeks, and months of waking up early every day. I started feeling more alive, more enthusiastic, and more in control of my life. After a few months I felt like I had woken up to a deeper part of my self. My true self. I call this my awakening.
There are lots of books out there about waking up early and habit change. What you get withWake Up is a personal story of how someone just like you put all the advice into practice and saw massive change in his life. It’s real, it’s honest, it’s inspirational.
But Jeff, I would love to wake up early, but I can’t because…
Let me stop you there, friend. I know what you’re going to say. You don’t have time, right? You are already get too little sleep and there is NO WAY you could possibly wake up early. Maybe you have kids or family obligations that make it difficult to carve out time for yourself. All I can say is I hear you loud and clear. But this isn’t the only excuse I’ve heard.
Do these excuses sound familiar?
* Not enough time
* I’m not a morning person
* Lack of self-discipline
* I keep hitting snooze
* I’m too tired in the morning
* My family makes it difficult
* I can’t keep the habit consistent
Fortunately, I help you with all these excuses and more in Wake Up. After reading the book, you will have no excuses left! Now’s the time to take action my friend!
**Read Wake Up and you will learn how to:**
BECOME AN EARLY RISER
Develop the habit of waking up early every day. Build a perfect morning routine. Imagine what you could do with an extra hour each morning!
FIND YOUR PURPOSE
We each have a purpose for being on this planet. Learn how to follow your joy and curiosity, then find the courage to show it to the world.
BECOME A HABIT MASTER
Most of our actions are habitual. Change your habits, change your life! Create the perfect morning routine to do amazing habits every day, consistently!
Procrastination is a symptom of a deeper problem. Sometimes we just can’t keep a good habit going or we just can’t get started. Learn why.
GAIN CLARITY AND INNER PEACE
Create a sacred morning ritual that embraces quiet solitude and deep thinking. Start your day in touch with your inner self and genuine desires.
Depression is a symptom of a stifled soul that cannot express it’s true gifts. Put the power of your life back into your hands and create the life you desire.
What would your life be like if you could wake up early every day? Read Wake Up and find out. Your true self awaits.Goodreads →
The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World
Ten years ago, the idea of getting into a stranger’s car, or walking into a stranger’s home, would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it’s as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb are household names: redefining neighbourhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business and changing the way we travel.
In the spirit of iconic Silicon Valley renegades like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, a new generation of entrepreneurs is sparking yet another cultural upheaval through technology. They are among the Upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Young, hungry and brilliant, they are rewriting the traditional rules of business, changing our day-to-day lives and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process.
The Upstarts is the definitive account of a dawning age of tenacity, creativity, conflict and wealth. In Brad Stone’s highly anticipated and riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, we find out how it all started, and how the world is wildly different than it was ten years ago.Goodreads →
Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator
You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me.
I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs–as much as any one person can. In today’s culture…
1) Blogs like “Gawker,” “Buzzfeed” and the “Huffington Post” drive the media agenda.
2) Bloggers are slaves to money, technology, and deadlines.
3) Manipulators wield these levers to shape everything you read, see and watch–online and off.
Why am I giving away these secrets? Because I’m tired of a world where blogs take indirect bribes, marketers help write the news, reckless journalists spread lies, and no one is accountable for any of it. I’m pulling back the curtain because I don’t want anyone else to get blindsided.
I’m going to explain exactly how the media “really” works. What you choose to do with this information is up to you.Goodreads →