I’m currently reading Tyler Cowen’s new book Average Is Over.
It is extremely interesting and it’s slow going because I’m constantly opening up a new tab to read more about whatever idea he is discussing.
The central thrust of the book is that if your skills are complementary to computers, then you are golden in the new labour market.
He also points out that firms won’t hire many people regardless of the wage (including unpaid internships) because the risk of damage to the firm’s reputation or business processes is higher than ever.
Most of the ideas I’ve encountered before, but this is a very accessible book and I’m learning an awful lot about the chess community.
It turns out the machines are far better than any grandmasters and we’d be better of dealing with that and teaming up with chess engines in a human-computer combination.