Jobs for Robots: Between Robocalypse and Robotopia by Jason Schenker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I loved that this novel (that read like a non-fiction book) didn't go the route of 'robots will eventually override us and we'll be driven underground to survive them' the way Terminator and iRobot predict. That's a common theme when it comes to artificial intelligence so it was refreshing to see the viewpoint of this author. I have a hard time placing this into fiction/non-fiction because it is more of an advice column while still not being full of only true facts simply because if it hasn't happened, it can't be a fact. Jason Schenker provides a realistic, futuristic view of the role robots currently fill and will in the future will occupy. This book is encouraging in the way the author highlights the the positives for robots/artificial intelligence and tells the reader that this isn't 'new technology', this has been evolving since the 1800's. We must stop oversimplifying and jumping to the worst possible conclusion because the truth is, WE, at least right now, are in control of the technology. It does what we ask it to do and so many of us benefit from it, we must maintain the level of control that we currently enjoy while still allowing for further advancement. A sort of common sense approach to the robotics industry combined with straight up advice about growing with this technology without being swallowed up by it.
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