Reprogramming the American Dream: From Rural America to Silicon Valley - Making AI Serve Us All

Reprogramming the American Dream: From Rural America to Silicon Valley - Making AI Serve Us All

Reprogramming the American Dream: From Rural America to Silicon Valley - Making AI Serve Us All

Reprogramming the American Dream: From Rural America to Silicon Valley - Making AI Serve Us All


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** #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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062879875
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

As executive vice president and chief technology officer of Microsoft, Kevin Scott’s 20-year career in technology spans both academia and industry as researcher, engineer and leader. Prior to joining Microsoft, Scott was senior vice president of engineering and operations at LinkedIn, where he helped build the technology and engineering team and led the company through an IPO and six years of rapid growth. Scott is the host of the podcast Behind the Tech, which features interviews with technology heroes who have helped create the tech industry of today.

Scott holds an M.S. in computer science from Wake Forest University, a B.S. in computer science from Lynchburg College, and completed most of his Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Virginia.

J.D. Vance grew up in the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served in Iraq. A graduate of the Ohio State University and Yale Law School, he has contributed to the National Review and the New York Times, and works as an investor at a leading venture capital firm. Vance lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his family.

Table of Contents

Foreword J.D. Vance ix

Introduction 1

Part I Where We've Been

Chapter 1 When Our Jobs First Went Away 15

Chapter 2 The Career Choice I Made 29

Chapter 3 Stories of Revival 65

Chapter 4 The Intelligent Farm 93

Part II Where We're Headed, and How To Get There

Chapter 5 AI: Why It's Needed 117

Chapter 6 AI: What It Is (and Isn't) 129

Chapter 7 How Models Learn 145

Chapter 8 AI: A Threat or Boon to Jobs? 179

Chapter 9 Politics and Ethics 203

Conclusion 239

Acknowledgments 257

Notes 263

Further Reading 267

Index 271

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