The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future by Martin Ford - ISBN 1448659817 - CreateSpace 2009



Describe in a sentences or two what motivated me to read this book.

Pre-reading model

List the main decisions that should be impacted by reading the book in order to estimate the Seedea:Content/Newconcepts#InformationActionRatio and facilitate rule design as suggested after finishing TheTinkerersAccomplice.

Draw a schema (using PmGraphViz or another solution) of the situation of the area in the studied domain before having read the book.


  • lengthy opening metaphor of the tunnel as globalized economy
  • fundamentally economical view
    • importance of mass market vs. luxury and by thus definition very limited in size market
  • outsourcing as the step preceding automation
  • supposing a Wikipedia:Post-scarcity economy
  • no statistics on job replaced by technology per sector
    • could query the OIT or OECD
  • skepticism over growth in China and India as reliable solutions
  • views on conflicts between technology enthusiasts and neo-luddites potentially close to DeGaris
  • somehow it seems jobs related to political decision making could not become automated
  • proposals for taxes adaptation
    • wage recapture tax
  • mention of Keynes' Wikipedia:Technological unemployment
  • "The essential idea is that we should impose some combination of a consumption tax and/or a special direct tax on business that captures the income which, in a non-automated economy, would be paid out in wages. Over time, as the wages paid to average workers decrease (as a percentage of revenue), these taxes would be gradually increased to recapture at least a portion of this income. The overall objective is to recapture just the optimal amount of income and then get it into the hands of consumers so that there will be sufficient consumer demand to continue driving the economy." (p194)
    • illustrated in the metaphor by a shift between white light to green light

See also

  • internal links (several)
  • external link
    • e.g. Kevin Kelly's Technium
  • on the book itself, key topics and the authors
  • reviews
    • by her
    • by him
  • consider a set of rules

Overall remarks and questions

  • this? that?


So in the end, it was about X and was based on Y.


Point A, B and C are debatable because of e, f and j.


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Post-reading model

Draw a schema (using PmGraphViz or another solution) of the situation of the area in the studied domain after having read the book. Link it to the pre-reading model and align the two to help easy comparison.


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