Humans Need Not Apply

  • by Jerry Kaplan
  • Narrated by John Pruden
  • 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After billions of dollars and 50 years of effort, researchers are finally cracking the code on artificial intelligence. As society stands on the cusp of unprecedented change, Jerry Kaplan unpacks the latest advances in robotics, machine learning, and perception powering systems that rival or exceed human capabilities.
Driverless cars, robotic helpers, and intelligent agents that promote our interests have the potential to usher in a new age of affluence and leisure - but, as Kaplan warns, the transition may be protracted and brutal unless we address the two great scourges of the modern developed world: volatile labor markets and income inequality. He proposes innovative, free-market adjustments to our economic system and social policies to avoid an extended period of social turmoil. His timely and accessible analysis of the promise and perils of artificial intelligence is a must-listen for business leaders and policy makers on both sides of the aisle.

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What the Critics Say

"This accessible and timely work is suitable for technology enthusiasts and those readers with an interest in the application of robotics and AI to the workforce of the future." (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Misleading title, more about wealth distribution

What would have made Humans Need Not Apply better?

Its not a book about AI, its about the authors ideas about how the super rich should have their wealth distributed. He is right on one respect the influence of AI on the job market will keep shrinking the total number of available jobs, but 90% of this book is his scheme to redistribute the wealth of the super rich.


What could Jerry Kaplan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Jerry is obviously a smart guy, and he sees the changes that are inevitably coming to how people get employed, but it's a totally misleading title. The book is almost all about his scheme to redistribute the wealth of the super rich who are implementing this AI to build the wealth, then strategies for dealing with it on a personal scale. I don't think his ideas are totally wrong, but I don't think he gives you any good ideas on how to deal with it on a personal level.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was good, I really enjoy the narrator but the content just made me really upset for purchasing this book


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

if you managed to listen carefully enough past the income distribution scheme that Jerry is pontificating about, I think Jerry accurately describes what will happen to the jobs of most unskilled and a lot of skilled labor.


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- jakerad

Important read

Helpful and expressing examples and ideas on what to do about the implications of synthetic intelligence on society and wealth equality/distribution.
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- Roberto Guidetti

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-15-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio