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The Future of Work in Information Society

Political-Economic Arguments

Authors: Wierzbicki, Andrzej Piotr

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  • Focuses on the question as to whether technological developments will inevitably lead to the end of work
  • Discusses the consequences of automation and presents possible remedies
  • Written by a technologist with over fifty years of experience in automation and computer technology, and over thirty years of experience in future forecasting
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This book investigates the question as to whether technological developments will ultimately mean the end of work and, if so, what the consequences will be. The author addresses this question from the perspective of a technologist well versed in econometrics and game theory, and argues that it is not technology alone that could lead to the end of work, but its utilization by the capitalist system. Technology allows us to minimize the costs of work and increase profits, while the system is worsening unemployment, socio-economic inequality and stratification – which could lead to the end of capitalism in a massive global revolution.

As such, the book proposes an evolutionary reform based on a seemingly minor but in fact essential correction of the corporate income tax, which he proposes should decrease in accordance with the percentage of the enterprise’s revenues expended to pay employee salaries. In this way, entrepreneurs will be motivated to implement new professions and occupations, as well as new workplaces. Only in this way, the book argues, can reforms be used to prevent the end of work, which would have catastrophic consequences.

About the authors

Andrzej P. Wierzbicki is a specialist in automatic control and informatics with over 50 years experience in these fields and wide international cooperation. He also worked closely with economists on such subjects as decision analysis, game theory, econometrics. Since over 30 years he also collaborates closely with the Committee of Future Studies at the Presidium of Polish Academy of Sciences and specializes in long term forecasts.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-10

    Wierzbicki, Andrzej Piotr

  • Ethical Premises and Values

    Pages 11-17

    Wierzbicki, Andrzej Piotr

  • Technological Progress in Economics, Market and Democracy Versus Informational Revolution

    Pages 19-27

    Wierzbicki, Andrzej Piotr

  • End of Communism and a Beginning of the End of Capitalism

    Pages 29-35

    Wierzbicki, Andrzej Piotr

  • A Vision of the End of Work and the Emergence of Precariat

    Pages 37-45

    Wierzbicki, Andrzej Piotr

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Future of Work in Information Society
Book Subtitle
Political-Economic Arguments
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Economics
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33909-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33909-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-33908-5
Series ISSN
2191-5504
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 72
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