The Wealth of Humans

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ryan Avent

Narrated By: Scott Merriman

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: September 2016

Duration: 10 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

To work is human. It feeds our families, structures our days, and strengthens our social life. When work works, it provides the base for a stable social order.

Yet the world of work is changing faster than we can comprehend, and in unexpected ways, too. With rapid technological advances, workers in a huge number of jobs-from janitors and taxi cab drivers to journalists and doctors-face the looming threat of automation. The work done by a shocking 47 percent of Americans could be at risk in the next two to three decades. But at the same time millions of other jobs are being created. What does the future of work hold?

In this illuminating new investigation of what the work revolution means for us, Ryan Avent points out the constant contradictions in today's global labor market. From Volvo's operations in Sweden to a vast Foxconn production facility in Shenzhen, China, via Indian development economists and Silicon Valley venture capitalists, he offers the first clear explanation of the state we're in-and how we might best be able to get out of it.

With an ever-shrinking middle class, Avent tells us, something has got to give. The traditional escape routes-college education, wage subsidies for the neediest, and new industries built by entrepreneurs-will no longer work as they did in the past. To navigate our way through today's rapidly transforming economic landscape, he argues, we must revisit previous epochs of massive technological change-and radically reassess the very idea of how, and why, we need to work.

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