A Book Review about The Future of Work by Darrell M. West

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The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation by Darrell M. West

The Future of Work by Darrell West is a book on the future of work written by a futurist. For those who have yet to come around to the idea that the future of work is here now, I suggest you grab a copy. I also highly recommend you do some research on the author himself. There are some strong arguments put forth in this book that will resonate with you.

Darrell begins his book with an introspective moment. He is a futurist that writes about what the future might be. Looking at the world that we live in now, he begins to consider what would be in a decade or two. The answer is not more interesting than you would think. Robotic drivers are no longer the stuff of science fiction. Robots, artificial intelligence, and automated software systems are not just things of the future. If you are still living in the same house, you grew up in, what has the future of work done for you?

The Future of Work by Darrell West addresses the question of whether a future of work would be a good thing or not. There are pros and cons to both sides. One of the biggest concerns people have about future work is its impact on our economic system. People worry about what will happen when there are fewer jobs and even fewer people with those jobs. Will those people that do have jobs ever find a new job? This book gives an answer to these questions in the affirmative: Yes!


At the start of the 20th century, the United States experienced a huge economic and technological change that brought us both Robots, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Automation. At the start of the 21st century, America confronts a second huge transition from an industrial into a digital market. Facing a society polarized by inequality and inadequate governance, the country risks squandering chances to revise the social contract and redefine a purpose.

Automation with Robots and AI simplifies tasks in low-paying businesses like retail, food service, and truck driving. In only one year (2015-2016), robot earnings climbed to 10 million units globally. All in all, prices per unit dropped because robots turned into an inexpensive option and particularly their effectiveness and dependability. Thus, raising low-skilled employees’ minimum wage will induce the cost differential wider and putting lots of jobs at risk.

Brief Quotes


  • AI and machine learning are infiltrating infrastructure and business, which will impact society.
  • Everybody should have access to technologies, or else inequality and social unrest will be the case.
  • Growing technologies will replace millions of jobs, too, once done by humans.
  • The definition of the job will expand to add part-time labor, volunteering, parenting, and mentoring.
  • A new social arrangement to support vital services will shield employees displaced by the electronic market.
  • Rapid technological change means more lifelong learning.
  • Polarization and inadequate governance threaten to accommodate the technology revolution.

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Why We Recommend The Future of Work: Robots, Ai, and Automation by Darrell M. West

Darrell M. West provides a compact overview of present trends, forecasts a future of work where fewer individuals are needed, and investigates society’s effect. For example, transportation and medication are already utilizing robotics and AI to redefine work and funding while obsoleting many current jobs.

This book presents several tips to help people manage the transition from an industrial to a digital economy. First, we must broaden the idea of employment to include parenting and volunteering and pay additional attention to the opportunities for leisure time.

Secondly, new kinds of individuality will be possible when the”job” no more defines people’s sense of personal significance because they engage in a larger array of actions. Above all, employees will require help throughout their lifetimes to get new skills and create new job skills.

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