The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future
by Martin Ford
Publisher: Acculant 2009
Number of pages: 261
This groundbreaking book by a Silicon Valley computer engineer and entrepreneur shows how accelerating technology is likely to have a highly disruptive influence on our economy in the near future -- and may well already be a significant factor in the current global crisis.
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