Martin Ford

Johanna Lawshea

Martin Ford, the founder of a Silicon Valley–based software development firm, has over twenty-five years of experience in computer design and software development. He is the author of The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology, and the Economy of the Future. In Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future (Basic Books) Ford warns of a future in which good jobs might become obsolete. He details what machine intelligence and robotics can accomplish, and implores employers, scholars, and policy makers alike to face the implications. The past solutions to technological disruption, especially more training and education, aren’t going to work, and we must decide, now, he argues, whether the future will see broad-based prosperity or catastrophic levels of inequality and economic insecurity.