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Monday, September 18, 2017

Review of Jason Schenker's "Jobs for Robots: Between Robocayplse and Robotopia"

Jobs for Robots: Between Robocalypse and Robotopia

Robots are everywhere right now, but what will they mean for us? Automation, robotics, and future technology present tremendous opportunities -- but also significant threats.The way forward is fraught with challenges, and we must bridge critical gaps between the present and the future to fully reap the benefits of tomorrow. Jobs for Robots puts this debate in a historical context and presents readers with actionable steps to robot-proof their professional lives. The book also includes a compelling discussion about the future of work, roboadvising, FinTech, and universal basic income.

Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

Jobs for Robots is a thought provoking read. Whether you believe in a future with robotic co-workers or not, my take away is this: historically as humans we have caused ourselves unnecessary turmoil due to fear of what we don't understand. Reading a book like Jobs for Robots written by someone as knowledgeable on the subject as Jason Schenker can only be good for us. There is no harm in learning the views of others and considering possibilities and outcomes we may not have otherwise come up with on our own.

The tone of the book is that of "don't be afraid" which is helpful for those who may not necessarily agree wholeheartedly. A fast read whether you are techy or not. Worth keeping on your bookshelf to re-read twenty years from now.

About Jason Schenker: 

Jason Schenker is the world’s top ranked Financial Market Futurist. As the President of Prestige Economics, he advises executives, corporate boards, public corporations, private companies, central banks, and governmental bodies. He also directs forecasting, risk management, and strategic projects.

Mr. Schenker is consistently ranked one of the most accurate forecasters in the world by Bloomberg News. Since 2011, he has been ranked the #1 forecaster in the world for his forecast accuracy in 23 categories, including for his forecasts of the Euro, the British Pound, the Swiss Franc, the Russian Ruble, the Brazilian Real, crude oil prices, natural gas prices, gold prices, industrial metals prices, agricultural commodity prices, and non-farm payrolls.

Mr. Schenker is also the Chairman of The Futurist Institute, which helps analysts and economists become futurists. He is also a member of the Texas Business Leadership Council, the only CEO-based public policy research organization in Texas, for which membership is limited to 125 CEOs and Presidents. Mr. Schenker is also the founder of Hedgefly, a foreign exchange risk management platform using Blockchain technology and a digital currency backend that he developed while studying FinTech at MIT. Mr. Schenker is also the Executive Director of the Texas Blockchain Association.

Mr. Schenker has written four #1 Best Sellers: Commodity Prices 101 (2012), Recession-Proof (2016), Electing Recession (2016), and Jobs for Robots (2017). Mr. Schenker is also a Columnist for Bloomberg View and Bloomberg Prophets. Mr. Schenker has appeared as a guest and guest host on Bloomberg Television, as well as a guest on CNBC. He is frequently quoted in the press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Financial Times. Prior to founding Prestige Economics, Mr. Schenker worked for McKinsey as a Risk Specialist, where he was responsible for directing industrial, energy, and agricultural trading and risk initiatives on six continents. Before McKinsey, Mr. Schenker worked for Wachovia as the Chief Energy and Commodity Economist.

Mr. Schenker holds a Master’s in Applied Economics from UNC Greensboro, a Master’s in Negotiation from CSU Dominguez Hills, a Master’s in German from UNC Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s in History and German from The University of Virginia. He also holds a Certificate in FinTech from MIT, a Certificate in Supply Chain Management from MIT, a Certificate in Professional Development from UNC, and a Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard Law School. Mr. Schenker holds the professional designations CMT® (Chartered Market Technician), CVA® (Certified Valuation Analyst), ERP® (Energy Risk Professional), and CFP® (Certified Financial Planner). He is also a certified Governance Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors.