Progress or Freedom: Who Gets to Govern Society's Economic and Technological Future?, 1st Edition

  • Jean-Hervé Lorenzi
  • Mickaël Berrebi
  • Published By: Palgrave MacMillan
  • ISBN-10: 3030195945
  • ISBN-13: 9783030195946
  • DDC: 004.678
  • 215 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released January 2021
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Technological dominance is shifting the balance of global economic stability. This is central premise of this book, the authors of which view the rise of artificial intelligence, robotics, use of private data, and genetic transformation, among other developments, culminating in new economic conditions that require a fresh sense of governance in order for society to sustain order. Whilst progress in technology provides numerous opportunities and hope, is the desire to pursue these ambitions in innovation putting our society at risk of being undermined and, ultimately, governed by technology firms? How will these changes affect economic outlooks in an age of growing inequality and aging populations? What role do politicians serve in facilitating these changes? The decline of a labor force, the use of Big Data and increased speeds of communication are but three examples that the authors address in their quest to understand where the limits should lie between progress and disruption for the future of society. The title challenges the dominance and power of technology companies and the vacuum left by economists and politician; affirms the primacy of humans over machines and the consideration of rational arguments over prophecy; and considers a future where scientific breakthroughs must be governed by rules agreed on a global scale.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Graphs.
List of Tables.
1: Introduction: The New Human Condition.
2: A Major Stagnation, But Not a Secular One.
3: The High Tech Eden.
4: A Shattered Labour Market.
5: Human Genius at the Controls.
6: A Disengaged Society?.
7: Who Governs: Politicians, or Technology Prophets?.
8: Two Possible Paths: The Great Parting of Ways.
9: Re-humanising the World.