What will the future look like, and what can you do to change it?
A Tale of Two Futures is a Sci-Fi Novelette that tells the story of an average day in life in two very different futures, one where things have gone terribly wrong, and the other where things have gone amazingly right.
It's a way of answering the question that I get asked the most by people who have watched my TEDxTalk or have read my book "Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK"—how will the future you describe look like? And the answer is, it depends.
The future will either be beautiful beyond imagination; or dismayingly horrifying, much worse than sci-fi dystopias have prepared us for.
The difference between the two futures lies in the choices we make.
Most people think that the world is too big, too immense for any individual to have an impact, because anything we do is merely a drop in the ocean. But what is an ocean, if not a multitude of drops?
The book is available for pre-order, and it will come out sometime in Spring 2013.
As always, it will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.
X Prize Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis talks at the CIO Network about a future where the cost of living becomes essentially free, giving a shout-out to my book "Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK: How to Survive the Economic Collapse and Be Happy".
Original video from The Wall Street Journal
Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK: How to Survive the Economic Collapse and Be Happy - Press Release
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Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK: How to Survive the Economic Collapse and Be Happy - by Federico Pistono
You are about to become obsolete. As we speak, millions of algorithms created by computer scientists are frantically running on servers all over the world, with one sole purpose: do whatever humans can do, but better.
San Francisco, CA—December 11, 2012—Opening the TEDxVienna 2012 is award-winning journalist and computer scientist Federico Pistono, who tries to warn us of the imminent threat that technology poses on the labour force, and on society at large.
In his recently published book “Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK”, Pistono explores the impact of technological advances on our lives, what it means to be happy, and provides suggestions on how to avoid a systemic collapse.
The rapid advancements in science and technology may be leading society towards irreversible, structural unemployment; where many jobs are replaced by machines, while very few new occupations are created.
Technology is advancing exponentially, but our culture and our ethical values are not. In his book, Pistono argues that, unless we shift our focus, our motivations, and our use of technology in a smart and ethical way, the future may look very bleak. If instead, we take this opportunity and use technology to truly improve the quality of our lives, the future could be much better than we can conceive today.
Author Vivek Wadhwa—winner of The Economist “Book of the Year”, columnist for The New York Times and Science Magazine—wrote: “Splendid piece of work. I have never taken drugs, but if I did, I expect that the ride would be like what I experienced in reading your book.”
The book opened as a #1 Amazon bestseller in the Automation Engineering category and it’s available worldwide on Amazon.com (Kindle and Paperback), Lulu (ePub and Hardcover), and the Apple iBookstore.
About the Author
Federico Pistono is an award-winning journalist and author, scientific educator, and public speaker. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Verona, and in 2012 he graduated from Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Park. He recently finished a book tour around the world, lecturing at TEDxBologna, TEDxVienna, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Cologne, and Pordenone. He was interviewed by several newspapers, radios, TVs, and magazines in Italy, Austria, Brazil, and Germany; among which were Folha de S. Paulo (the most influential newspaper in Brazil), and Forbes Magazine.
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