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

Kevin Scott (Author) Greg Shaw (Author)
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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

Price: $29.99  $26.99
Publisher: Harper Business
Published Date: April 07, 2020
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780062879875

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About the Author

Kevin Scott spends most days trying to put the right words in the right order. He graduated from the University of Glasgow Creative Writing MLitt programme with distinction in 2013, and was subsequently shortlisted for the Sceptre Prize. His short stories have been published in a number of magazines in the UK and US. He also previously edited the literary journal From Glasgow to Saturn and is a (currently lapsed) member of the Glasgow collective G2 Writers. This is his first novel. Away from creative writing he works as a journalist, where he is a business correspondent for The Herald. He lives in Glasgow with his pregnant (at the time of writing) wife, and son.
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. Author mail for J.D. Vance can be sent to the below: P.O. Box 1040West Chester, OH 45071


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