Withstand the Imminent Transformation of Work, Wealth and
Social Order?
examines how AI/Robotics is overwhelming the
fundamental institutions of Western society.  But are we
prepared for the social impact of the vast changes soon to be
upon us?

    •        Half the world’s workers could be replaced by
    machines within the next 30 years. The McKinsey Global
    Institute and Oxford University researchers predict
    massive job loss with 47% to 50% of US jobs eliminated by
    2030 and up to 800 million more jobs destroyed
    •        Nor will the AI/robotics transformation produce large
    numbers of replacement jobs. The AI/robotics systems are
    already being designed to do those.

No area of work is sacrosanct. Work opportunities are being
eliminated from the most “intellectual” activities down to the
basic areas of services and labor, including a range of
professional occupations heretofore thought of as distinctly
human:  in middle management, finance, banking, insurance,
medicine, high-tech, transportation, law and even the arts.     

Worse, it is playing out in the context of a set of critical issues.  

    •        Birth rates are plummeting below replacement levels
    in economically developed nations.  People are living to
    ages well beyond historical averages.
    •        At least fifty percent of Americans have little or
    nothing saved for retirement.
    •        Poor and uneducated migrants are coming into
    Western nations at a time when the agricultural,
    construction and home care jobs migrants have
    traditionally filled are being increasingly replaced by
    robotic workers.
    •        An already bankrupt US government is projected to
    experience annual deficits above $1 trillion for at least
    the next ten years.  The US national debt is officially
    admitted to be $21 trillion, but is actually closer to $65
    trillion dollars according to a former US Comptroller

As AI/robotics eliminates jobs across the spectrum,
governmental revenues will plummet while the debt increases
dramatically.  This crisis of limited resources on all levels—
underfunded or non-existent pensions, health problems, lack of
savings, and job destruction—will drive many into
homelessness and produce a dramatic rise in violence as we
fight over shrinking resources. All this will take place in an
environment of increased AI-facilitated surveillance by
governments, aggressive militarization using AI systems and
autonomous weapons, and the degradation of the world’s
economic and political order.  

The final nine chapters of CONTAGION offer possible solutions.

ISBN:  $29.95  2018

Ebook $21.00 ISBN: 978-0-9998747-8-3


                                                                    PART I

    Chapter One: Society Under Siege                                

    Chapter Two: Creating Something Faster, Better, More Efficient,
    Stronger and Smarter Than Ourselves Might Not Be a Particularly
    Good Idea                                               
    Chapter Three: This Is Not a Repeat of Schumpeter’s Cycle of
    “Creative Destruction” and Economic Rebirth                

    Chapter Four: AI/Robotics and the Special Case of a Repressive
    and Dangerous China              
    Chapter Five: Six Case Studies                                

    1. Millions of Jobs Lost to Autonomous Driverless Vehicles
    2. AI/Robotic Weapons Systems, AKA “Killer Robots”
    3. High-End Job Loss  
    4. AI/Robotics and the Demographic “Age Curse”
    5. Growing Homelessness
    6. AI and The Extreme Vulnerability of Complex Social Systems
    Chapter Six: Our Real Unemployment Levels-- If No One is Working,
    Who Will Buy the Goods and Services?
    Chapter Seven: How Fast Is the AI/Robotics Transformation

                                                                 PART II

    Chapter Eight: Understanding the Basics of Artificial Intelligence

    Chapter Nine: Do Artificial Intelligence Systems Pose an Existential

    Chapter Ten: How Would Advanced AI/Robotics Systems View
    Chapter Eleven: The Mutating Effects of AI/Robotics

    Chapter Twelve: AI/Robotics and the “Great Decoupling” of
    Economic Productivity and Job Creation                                

    Chapter Thirteen: AI/Robotics and the Social Costs of Increased
    Returns to Capital and Diminishing Returns to Labor             
    Chapter Fourteen: After the “Robot Revolution” What Will
    Our Children Do?                                                        

                                        PART III
                   OUR EXISTING ECONOMIC AND
                            SOCIAL “ECOSYSTEM”

    Chapter Fifteen:  The United States Is Bankrupt                
    Chapter Sixteen: AI/Robotics and the Increasing Fragmentation of
    Our Social Order: Racism, Diversity, Identity “Tribalism” and Class

    Chapter Seventeen:  “Collect It All, Know It All, Exploit It All”:  
    Governmental Surveillance, Monitoring and Control                    

    Chapter Eighteen: The Socially Destructive Consequences of
    the AI-Driven Internet                                                 

    Chapter Nineteen: The “New Republics” of Google, Amazon and

                                      PART IV
                              POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS

    Chapter Twenty: Identifying Obstacles to Solutions                 

    Chapter Twenty-One: Policy and Tax Strategies                
    Chapter Twenty-Two: Wealth Taxes, “Robot” Taxes, Technology
    and Capital Taxes, “Windfall” Profits Taxes, Value Added Taxes (VAT)
    and “Value Destroyed” Taxes Based on the Comparative
    Productivity of a Human Workforce and Its Replacement by
    Chapter Twenty-Three: Joseph Stiglitz and Strategies for Economic
    Stability in an AI/Robotics Economy                                
    Chapter Twenty-Four: Universal Basic Income (UBI): Solution or
    Unworkable Catastrophe?                                        
    Chapter Twenty-Five: Governmental Jobs and Private Sector
    Subsidies Are Essential Paths to Opportunity and Social Mobility

    Chapter Twenty-Six: What Job Skills Are Likely to Provide the
    Greatest Advantage?                                                

    Chapter Twenty-Seven: Becoming a “Strategist”: Developing
    Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills                         

    Chapter Twenty-Eight: “Winners” and “Losers” In the Evolving Job
Can Democracy Withstand
the Imminent Transformation of
Work, Wealth and the Social Order?

David Barnhizer and Daniel Barnhizer

Artificial Intelligence:  Have we opened a Pandora's Box?
David Barnhizer is a Professor of Law Emeritus at
Cleveland State University.  He was a Senior
Research Fellow at the University of London's
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and Visiting
Professor at the Westminster University’s School of
Law. He worked in the International Program of the
Natural Resources Defense Council, was Executive
Director of the Year 2000 Committee, and consulted
with the World Resources Institute, IIED, the UNDP,
the President’s Council on Environmental Quality,
the World Bank, the UN/FAO, World Wildlife Fund/US,
and the Mongolian government.  He served as a
director of Performance Capital Management,
consultant for British Petroleum’s Sovonics Solar
Systems, Rapporteur for the Foresight Capability
Workshop of the House Energy and Commerce
Committee, and worked on projects with various
federal agencies. He holds a Masters of Law degree
from Harvard. His books include
Strategies for
Sustainable Societies
, The Blues of a Revolution,
Effective Strategies for Protecting Human Rights, The
Warrior Lawyer
, and Hypocrisy & Myth: The Hidden
Order of the Rule of Law.
Barnes & Noble:
Daniel Barnhizer is the Bradford Stone
Faculty Scholar at the Michigan State
University School of Law.  He graduated
summa cum laude from Miami University and
earned a Juris Doctor degree, with honors,
from Harvard. He works in tax, contract law
and theory, conservation law, comparative
law, and the Rule of Law. He is coauthor of
books in Contracts, Commercial
Transactions, the Rule of Law, and directs
MSU’s Conservation Law Program and its
Institute for Comparative Law &
Jurisprudence at Poland’s University of
Bialystok Faculty of Law. He teaches
regularly in Poland and Lithuania and was a
Lecturer at Jinan University in China. He has
extensive business experience and worked
for the law firms of Hogan & Hartson and
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.  He was
judicial law clerk for the Honorable Richard
L. Nygaard, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd
Circuit, and for the Honorable Robert B.
Krupansky, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th


from Chapter 1, Society Under Siege

With the combination of Artificial Intelligence and robotics
(AI/robotics) humans have opened a “Pandora’s Box” and are
incapable of undoing the ills that are being released, with more
coming seemingly by the day.  The joining of Artificial Intelligence
and robotic systems that are increasingly capable of acting more
effectively than us in a wide range of work, surveillance, and
information detection and management situations is the primary
driver of a shift that is tearing our fracturing societies further

Our political leaders have an extremely limited understanding of
what is occurring with Artificial Intelligence and robotics, in terms
of the elimination of massive numbers of jobs, and the potentially
devastating impacts of these developments on the United States,
Western Europe, Russia, China and Japan. Bill Gross, of Janus
Capital, has warned: “No one in 2016 is really addressing the
future as we are likely to experience it.”    He explains: “the
current crop of national leaders is hopelessly behind this curve….
Our economy has changed, but voters and their elected
representatives don’t seem to know what’s really wrong.”    

Artificial Intelligence applications and robotics are taking over our
culture, altering how we behave and even who we are as
addictions grow and our dependence on AI/robotics systems
expands exponentially.  Examples of our dependence are easy to
find.  We are often required to pass tests for on-line access to
various websites by answering the question “Are you a robot?”
accompanied by numbers or specially constructed pictures
designed to prove that we are flesh and blood humans to the AI
application controlling the site.  In the US we are flooded by
billions of continuous “robocalls” and telephonic and e-mail scams
made to seem as if a human is calling to the point that many do not
answer their landline or discontinue service entirely.

Such things seem trivial or irritating but, when we think a bit more
deeply about what they portend, it demonstrates the penetration
of AI/robotics into much of what we do, our heightened
dependence on such systems, and the fact that it is becoming
increasingly difficult to differentiate human from AI. Penetration,
dependence and the difficulty of differentiation are developing
rapidly.  Recent reports on video and virtual reality technology
indicate they are reaching a stage at which false images can be
created that are impossible to distinguish from reality. Franklin
Foer writes in
The Atlantic that: “We’ll shortly live in a world where
our eyes routinely deceive us. Put differently, we’re not so far
from the collapse of reality.”    Such a collapse of “true reality” is
only possible by the powers created by AI technology.

We are on the verge of quantum leaps in AI/robotics capabilities,
including surveillance, military and weapons technologies,
autonomous self-driving vehicles, massive job elimination, data
management and privacy invasion, medical breakthroughs and
even human augmentation through such things as implants, “add-
ons” and the merging of people with AI and robotics...  

"A sobering look at the far-reaching impact that artificial
intelligence may have on the economy, the workforce, democracy
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The Artificial Intelligence Contagion is a
bellwether for anyone seeking to comprehend the global
disruption coming our way."
DAVID COOPER, President and Technologist , Massive Designs