The Economic Singularity

  • by Calum Chace
  • Narrated by Joe Hempel
  • 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Artificial intelligence (AI) is overtaking our human ability to absorb and process information. Robots are becoming increasingly dexterous, flexible, and safe to be around (except the military ones). AI is our most powerful technology, and you need to understand it.
This new book from best-selling author Calum Chace argues that within a few decades, most humans will not be able to work for money. Self-driving cars will probably be the canary in the coal mine, providing a wake-up call for everyone who isn't yet paying attention. All jobs will be affected, from fast food McJobs to lawyers and journalists. This is the single most important development facing humanity in the first half of the 21st century.
The fashionable belief that universal basic income is the solution is only partly correct. We are probably going to need an entirely new economic system, and we better start planning soon - for the economic singularity!
The outcome can be very good; a world in which machines do all the boring jobs and humans do pretty much what they please. But there are major risks, which we can only avoid by being alert to the possible futures and planning how to avoid the negative ones.

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"Read The Economic Singularity if you want to think intelligently about the future." (Aubrey de Grey)

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Great work on the AI & Robot society choices ahead

Would you listen to The Economic Singularity again? Why?

Quite likely, becuase of the details and nuances Chace considers within his scenarios and the neat way he summarises the positions of other writers in this field.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Economic Singularity?

The pleasant realisation that this author would NOT duck the big question. We have heard enough from authors retelling the coming singularity message in different ways. The frustration is that so few have had the nerve to examine the ways in which societal choices and scenarios might actually have to play out. Bravo to Chace.


Which character – as performed by Joe Hempel – was your favourite?

This is non-fiction work. Hemel does a perfectly serviceable and clear oration job. However this is one example of a book that might have been better voiced by its author. Alternatively a British English accented voice actor should have been chosen. There are times when the many UK example references the author makes and a few of the quirks of British English jar with the American accent. No criticism of Hempel here - it is the publisher's choice.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Chace gets as close as anyone to realising there might have to be a new paradigm shift to something beyond capitalism as we know it. I found myself almost willing him to reach for it and he says himself he's getting close. Despite his general intellectual bravery in examining the various social and political scenarios - he didn't get there.


Any additional comments?

A fantastic book. A genuine must read for anyone who needs to explore long term (20 - 30 year) scenarios for business planning or government policy.

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- Wfiver

Not bad but a bit of a slog at times

The narrator is a bit hard work at times, slightly robotic but he does at least seem interested in the topic. The text is a bit hard going for an audio book and I did have to hit the rewind button a lot as I my mind ran off and tried to really come to terms with what I was hearing but there's some good stuff hear and it's worth it for those interested.
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- Mr. Nathan Burley "CAPTelmo2165"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-07-2016
  • Publisher: Three Cs