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The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work
At the root of inequality, unemployment, and populism are radical changes in the world economy. Digital technology is allowing talented foreigners to telecommute into our workplaces and compete for service and professional jobs. Instant machine translation is melting language barriers, so the ranks of these "tele-migrants" will soon include almost every educated person in the world. Computing power is dissolving humans' monopoly on thinking, enabling AI-trained computers to compete for many of the same white-collar jobs. The combination of globalization and robotics is creating the globotics upheaval, and it threatens the very foundations of the liberal welfare-state.Richard Baldwin, one of the world's leading globalization experts, argues that the inhuman speed of this transformation threatens to overwhelm our capacity to adapt. From computers in the office to automatic ordering systems in restaurants, we are familiar with the how digital technologies offer convenience while also eliminating jobs. Globotics will disrupt the lives of millions of white-collar workers much faster than automation, industrialization, and globalization disrupted the lives of factory workers in previous centuries. The result will be a backlash. Professional, white-collar, and service workers will agitate for a slowing of the unprecedented pace of disruption, as factory workers have done in years past.Baldwin argues that the globotics upheaval will be countered in the short run by "shelter-ism" - government policies that shelter some service jobs from tele-migrants and thinking computers. In the long run, people will work in more human jobs-activities that require real people to use the uniquely human ability of independent thought-and this will strengthen bonds in local communities. Offering effective strategies such as focusing on the social value of work, The Globotics Upheaval will help people prepare for the oncoming wave of an advanced robotic workforce.
Published by: Oxford University Press | Publication date: 01/09/2019
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 304 pages

The Great Convergence
From 1820 to 1990 the share of world income going to today’s wealthy nations soared from 20% to 70%. That share has recently plummeted. Richard Baldwin shows how the combination of high tech with low wages propelled industrialization in developing nations, deindustrialization in developed nations, and a commodity supercycle that is petering out.
Published by: Harvard University Press | Publication date: 11/14/2016
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 344 pages

Buried Secrets of Bois Blanc (Lou Searing Myseries Book 3)
Jessica Williams, attending a gala ball on Mackinac Island is invited to take an after-dinner cruise. She doesn't return...
Published by: Buttonwood Press | Publication date: 06/28/2013
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 344 pages

Deaf and Dead (Lou Searing Mysteries Book 19)
Dead and Deaf is Baldwin’s nineteenth cozy Michigan-based mystery. Gayle Anderson, a high school senior in Davison, Michigan, is studying her family genealogy when she discovers a great-great- grandfather died at age 31 at the School for the Deaf in Flint, Michigan. She suspects the death is not natural. She along with her boyfriend, Philip Esterling solicit help from legendary private detective, Lou Searing. The three of them work to discover the cause of death. Readers will receive what they expect from a Baldwin mystery: suspense, intrigue, interesting characters, and a twist or two. Most of all, readers will enjoy an entertaining mystery.
Published by: Buttonwood Press, LLC | Publication date: 12/10/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 130 pages

Perish Priest (Lou Searing Mysteries Book 17)
Popular Michigan Murder mystery writer, Richard L. Baldwin comes forth with his 18th cozy mystery, Perish Priest (not a misspelling). Father Dunkel is shot at the beginning of Mass at St. Joseph’s Church in Mesick, located in the northwest portion of Michigan’s lower peninsula.Who would commit such a horrible crime? Terrorists, disgruntled members, someone mentally ill, or perhaps a student of his when he was a physics professor before leaving academia for the priesthood.Private detective, Lou Searing of Grand Haven is called in to assist law enforcement in solving the crime. Once again, you hold in your hand a most entertaining story with drama, suspense, and a few twists and turns. Enjoy.
Published by: Buttonwood Press | Publication date: 01/20/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 186 pages

A Final Crossing: Murder on the S.S. Badger (Lou Searing Myseries Book 5)
An MSU professor gets involved in an eco-terrorist movement. The final spisode in the Lour Searing - Maggie McMillan series
Published by: Buttonwood Press | Publication date: 02/21/2013
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 233 pages

The Economics of European Integration (UK Higher Education Business Economics)
Now in its 5th edition, the Economics of European Integration guides students through the facts, theories and controversies surrounding the dynamics of European economics. With clear and comprehensive discussions about European history, law, institutions, politics and policies, students are encouraged to explore and analyse the contemporary status of integration within the European Union. Designed for students taking modules in European economics, the text provides in-depth analysis of economics arguments with examples, illustrations and questions to help bring this thought-provoking subject to life.
Published by: McGraw-Hill Higher Education | Publication date: 03/30/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 560 pages

A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World
A Financial Times and Economist Best Book of the Year exploring world trade from Mesopotamia in 3,000 BC to modern globalization.   How did trade evolve to the point where we don’t think twice about biting into an apple from the other side of the world?   In A Splendid Exchange, William J. Bernstein, bestselling author of The Birth of Plenty, traces the story of global commerce from its prehistoric origins to the myriad controversies surrounding it today. Journey from ancient sailing ships carrying silk from China to Rome in the second century to the rise and fall of the Portuguese monopoly on spices in the sixteenth; from the American trade battles of the early twentieth century to the modern era of televisions from Taiwan, lettuce from Mexico, and T-shirts from China.   Bernstein conveys trade and globalization not in political terms, but rather as an ever-evolving historical constant, like war or religion, that will continue to foster the growth of intellectual capital, shrink the world, and propel the trajectory of the human species.   “[An] entertaining and greatly enlightening book.” —The New York Times   “A work of which Adam Smith and Max Weber would have approved.” —Foreign Affairs   “[Weaves] skillfully between rollicking adventures and scholarship.” —Pietra Rivoli, author of The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy
Published by: Grove Press | Publication date: 05/14/2009
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 508 pages, ISBN 9780802144164

Murder in Thin Air (Lou Searing Mysteries Book 10)
Dr. Janet Reid, a chemistry professor at Alma College — and a champion hot air balloon pilot — is murdered when her balloon, the Bagpiper, explodes over Battle Creek, Michigan. Lou Searing and Jack Kelly, with help from Maggie McMillan and Heather Moore, investigate the murder, involving a cast of suspects at AlmaCollege and in the ballooning world. Revenge, competition, and suspense figure into the equation as Lou and Jack solve a complex set of circumstances in the novel titled Murder in Thin Air.
Published by: Buttonwood Press | Publication date: 08/07/2012
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 201 pages

Avedon: Something Personal
An intimate biography of Richard Avedon, the legendary fashion and portrait photographer who “helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture” (The New York Times), by his longtime collaborator and business partner Norma Stevens and award-winning author Steven M. L. Aronson. Richard Avedon was arguably the world’s most famous photographer—as artistically influential as he was commercially successful. Over six richly productive decades, he created landmark advertising campaigns, iconic fashion photographs (as the star photographer for Harper’s Bazaar and then Vogue), groundbreaking books, and unforgettable portraits of everyone who was anyone. He also went on the road to find and photograph remarkable uncelebrated faces, with an eye toward constructing a grand composite picture of America. Avedon dazzled even his most dazzling subjects. He possessed a mystique so unique it was itself a kind of genius—everyone fell under his spell. But the Richard Avedon the world saw was perhaps his greatest creation: he relentlessly curated his reputation and controlled his image, managing to remain, for all his exposure, among the most private of celebrities. No one knew him better than did Norma Stevens, who for thirty years was his business partner and closest confidant. In Avedon: Something Personal—equal parts memoir, biography, and oral history, including an intimate portrait of the legendary Avedon studio—Stevens and co-author Steven M. L. Aronson masterfully trace Avedon’s life from his birth to his death, in 2004, at the age of eighty-one, while at work in Texas for The New Yorker (whose first-ever staff photographer he had become in 1992). The book contains startlingly candid reminiscences by Mike Nichols, Calvin Klein, Claude Picasso, Renata Adler, Brooke Shields, David Remnick, Naomi Campbell, Twyla Tharp, Jerry Hall, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bruce Weber, Cindy Crawford, Donatella Versace, Jann Wenner, and Isabella Rossellini, among dozens of others. Avedon: Something Personal is the confiding, compelling full story of a man who for half a century was an enormous influence on both high and popular culture, on both fashion and art—to this day he remains the only artist to have had not one but two retrospectives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during his lifetime. Not unlike Richard Avedon’s own defining portraits, the book delivers the person beneath the surface, with all his contradictions and complexities, and in all his touching humanity.
Published by: Spiegel & Grau | Publication date: 11/21/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 677 pages
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