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6 Good Books to Read on Automation in 2021

This article showcases our top picks for ‘books on automation’. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford

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A brilliant piece of work that predicts what our future may hold. The premise of Rise of the Robots is simple: technology is accelerating so rapidly that automation is on the verge of taking over not just straight-forward physically oriented jobs but also brain power jobs as well in such fields as law, healthcare, journalism, engineering, and computer programming. Half of this book is about economics, and the other half is about advances in computer/robotic technology. Together they provide the convincing message for the reader that any job that has a level of routine or predictability is awaiting disruption from computer/robotic technology. Even jobs that appear to require creative input are likely to be affected. The logical conclusion is that massive unemployment and income inequality are very real possibilities as more and more jobs traditionally performed by people disappear.

Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark

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How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society, and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial. How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning, or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle? What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness, and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.

Leading the Workforce of the Future by Brigette Tasha Hyacinth

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Leading the Workforce of the Future: Inspiring a Mindset of Passion, Innovation, and Growth by Brigette Tasha Hyacinth. This book provides concrete advice and best practices on how to engage and retain top talent. It addresses several areas to focus on to future proof yourself and your business.

The Office by Mary Ellen Oliverio

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The Office: Procedures and Technology by Mary Ellen Oliverio is a comprehensive text designed for the high school office technology curriculum, including courses on office procedures, administrative procedures, business and computer technology, and more.

The Administrative Professional by Dianne S. Rankin

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The Administrative Professional: Technology & Procedures, Spiral bound Version by Dianne S. Rankin emphasizes helping you to understand employers’ expectations; build confidence; and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become a strong, competent employee and leader.

Just Enough Software Test Automation by Daniel J. Mosley

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Just Enough Software Test Automation by Daniel J. Mosley and Bruce A. Posey, this book really serves its title well. It’s just enough for every beginner, developer and probably even an testing automation engineer. I’m suggesting this because it teaches everything from the basics to a more deeper understanding with ease.

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Written by Zak Parker

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