Summary of Humans Need Not Apply

A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

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Humans Need Not Apply book summary
This intriguing analysis of the artificial intelligence revolution gives cause for caution.


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Today’s phenomenal acceleration in computing power and machine learning and the breakthroughs in sensor acuity herald an age of artificially intelligent systems and robotic devices. Futurist Jerry Kaplan sees both great promise and grave danger in these technologies. They give people free time for creativity and caring and offer prosperity, safer transport and easier living. Conversely, as its owners profit, machine intelligence threatens jobs and current skill sets. Kaplan envisions a future of legally constituted, asset-holding “artificial persons.” His clear, fast-paced and intriguing report is a cogent heads-up on smart automation. getAbstract recommends his timely evaluation of the gathering storm of synthetic intelligence to entrepreneurs, futurists, business professors and students, CEOs, managers, the self-employed, policy makers and opinion leaders.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How “synthetic intellects” and “forged laborers” foreshadow both “unprecedented prosperity” and mass unemployment,
  • How the ultra-rich use technology to get richer faster, and
  • How society can address the resulting inequality.


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Beware of the transformational changes that artificial intelligence (AI) heralds for society. In certain areas, computers and machines already outperform people. A new breed of systems can learn and adapt based on experience. These fast-emerging systems are made up of “...
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About the Author

Entrepreneur, inventor and futurist Jerry Kaplan, PhD, worked at Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and teaches ethics and the philosophy of artificial intelligence at Stanford. He also wrote the best-selling Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure.

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