DIY check-outs, drones, self-driving cars, and e-government: all are signs of the coming auto-industrial age. Will this end in mass unemployment or will new kinds of work emerge? Will 3D print production, desktop workshops and mass customization make up for lost blue-collar jobs? What will happen to health and education in the auto-industrial age? Will machines replace teachers and doctors? What might the economic and social future dominated by self-employment and a large DIY industry look like? Peter Murphy’s lively, provocative book addresses these questions head-on.

Introduction: The Rise of Auto-Industrialism

Introduction: The Rise of Auto-Industrialism

Introduction: The Rise of Auto-Industrialism

Automation and The Automatic Society

We have entered a period of momentous structural change.1 For those old enough to remember it, the shift we are experiencing is like that of the 1970s. Then we saw the onset of the post-industrial age. Mass manufacturing industries in the leading economies contracted. Parts of them were exported abroad — to China and elsewhere. The number of well-paid, blue-collar industrial jobs shrank dramatically. Lesser-paying service jobs expanded along with white-collar, professional and para-professional work. The latter was fuelled by an expanding public sector. The government-education-and-health slice of the economy swelled. Theories of human capital and public goods boomed in popularity. This was accompanied in the private sector by the growth of ...

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