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What does the title "The Lights in the Tunnel" mean?

The book uses a unique approach: it creates a mental simulation (or imaginary video game) based on "lights in a tunnel" in order to help the reader visualize the future economic impact of job automation, offshoring and accelerating technology.

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About the Author

Martin Ford is the founder and CEO of a Silicon Valley based software development firm. He has over 25 years experience in the fields of computer engineering and software development. He holds an MBA degree from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and an undergraduate degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.




Globalization has important advantages--such as increased world trade and more efficient use of resources in production--and has generally helped millions of people in at least some poor countries escape poverty. However, globalization also carries significant disadvantages for many workers in developed nations who are vulnerable to service outsourcing and to the continuing migration of manufacturing to low wage countries. And some of these disadvantages may ultimately lead to significant risk in the global economy.

Globalization and Technology

What will the impact of accelerating technology be on the trend to toward globalization? Will it speed up globalization or will it change things in unexpected ways--perhaps in ways that amplify the disadvantages and risks associated with globalization? Is it possible that many of the conventional views about globalization and it impact in the future are wrong?  



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A groundbreaking new PDF eBook looks at the economy and markets and globalized world of the future. Other questions addressed:

free trade v protectionism. Globalization of labor and capital but not consumption. Pros and cons of globalization. globalization's effects on society and the economy. China and globalization. Which countries and workers benefit from a globalized world?

A groundbreaking new book looks at the economy, markets and technologies of the future. Available in paperback and PDF eBook versions. Examines leading edge technology such as artificial intelligence, robotics and nanotechnology and shows what the impact on the economy and job market is likley to be. Other questions addressed:

The primary economic trend in the future decades and century will be globalization. True or false?

Is the singularity really near? What is the economic impact of the technological singularity?

Will technology threaten democracy? Will capitalism work in the future? Will advancing technology lead to socialism?

Can technology solve climate change and global warming?

Will robots invade Wal-Mart? Are the jobs of last resort safe?
Will robots perform most labor in the future?
Will robots replace most workers in the future?
Will robots steal our jobs?
Will technology create millions of new jobs in the future?
Will the coming decades mark the post-American era?
Will the free market system continue to function in the age of intelligent machines?
Will the free market system work in the future?
Will the future be safe for our children?
Will the high cost of a college education pay off in the future?
Will the middle class disappear?
Will the small business sector continue to create jobs in the future?
Will there still be jobs for most people in the age of intelligent machines?
Will unionization increase in the future?
eBook on the Future of Automation and Outsourcing - Free excerpt

How will the offshore outsourcing trend evolve in the coming years? Does outsourcing cause unemployment?

What impact will technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and nanotechnology have on the job market? Will they lead to unemployment and low wages, or economic growth and prosperity?

Which jobs and industries are likely to be most vulnerable to automation and offshoring / outsourcing?

Globalization. Collaboration. Telecommuting. Are these  the economic forces that will shape the workplaces of the future?

What are the economic implications of advancing automation technology for developing nations such as China and India?

How will job automation and robots impact the economy in the future? Will we have structural unemployment?< /FONT >

Did technology play a significant role in the 2007 subprime meltdown and the subsequent global financial crisis, recession and skyrocketing unemployment? What role will technology play in recovery?