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Reprogramming the American Dream

From Rural America to Silicon Valley—Making AI Serve Us All

by Kevin Scott, Greg Shaw, J. D. Vance

On Sale: 04/07/2020

Price: $29.99

Reprogramming the American Dream

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Reprogramming the American Dream

From Rural America to Silicon Valley—Making AI Serve Us All

by Kevin Scott, Greg Shaw, J. D. Vance

On Sale: 04/07/2020

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Price: $29.99

About the Book

** #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller **

In this essential book written by a rural native and Silicon Valley veteran, Microsoft’s Chief technology officer tackles one of the most critical issues facing society today: the future of artificial intelligence and how it can be realistically used to promote growth, even in a shifting employment landscape.

There are two prevailing stories about AI: for heartland low- and middle-skill workers, a dystopian tale of steadily increasing job destruction; for urban knowledge workers and the professional class, a utopian tale of enhanced productivity and convenience. But there is a third way to look at this technology that will revolutionize the workplace and ultimately the world. Kevin Scott argues that AI has the potential to create abundance and opportunity for everyone and help solve some of our most vexing problems.

As the chief technology officer at Microsoft, he is deeply involved in the development of AI applications, yet mindful of their potential impact on workers—knowledge he gained firsthand growing up in rural Virginia. Yes, the AI Revolution will radically disrupt economics and employment for everyone for generations to come. But what if leaders prioritized the programming of both future technology and public policy to work together to find solutions ahead of the coming AI epoch? Like public health, the space program, climate change and public education, we need international understanding and collaboration on the future of AI and work. For Scott, the crucial question facing all of us is this: How do we work to ensure that the continued development of AI allows us to keep the American Dream alive?

In this thoughtful, informed guide, he offers a clear roadmap to find the answer.

Critical Praise

"I hope you, like me, appreciate that Kevin finds some balance between the poles of 'the robots are coming for our jobs!' and 'AI is great, nothing to worry about!' I suspect that, in the coming decades, we'll increasingly recognize the wisdom of that view." - J.D. Vance, New York Times bestselling author of Hillbilly Elegy

All good futures for our society and for humanity broadly require harnessing technology. Kevin has written a very important book here. He shows how and why to have optimism about artificial intelligence, harnessing the technology to restore the American Dream. What's the future we should work towards? Kevin's book shines the light forward. Highly recommended. - Reid Hoffman, co-founder of Linkedin and author of Blitzscaling

"Kevin's examination of AI and the future of rural communities like the one in which he grew up in rural Virginia provides an unusually personal and empathetic perspective on how we can, together, create opportunity for ourselves, our organizations, and our world." - Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft

"Scott’s version of our AI future is a refreshingly optimistic one, and it’s coming from someone who knows the technology very, very well." - Fast Company

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062879875
  • ISBN 10: 0062879871
  • Imprint: Harper Business
  • On Sale: 04/07/2020
  • Trimsize: 6.000 in (w) x 9.000 in (h) x 1.010 in (d)
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: $29.99
  • BISAC1 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Computers & Information Technology
  • BISAC2 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
  • BISAC3 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate Governance