The Wealth of Humans

the-wealth-of-humans-audiobook-mp3Unabridged Audiobook
Written By: Ryan Avent
Narrated By: Scott Merriman
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Duration: 9 Hours 57 Minutes

Book Rating: stars_4-5




Summary: An investigation of how the digital revolution is fundamentally changing our concept of work, and what it means for our future economy.

None of us has ever lived through an industrial revolution. Until now.

Digital technology is transforming every corner of the economy, fundamentally altering the way things are done, who does them, and what they earn for their efforts. In The Wealth of Humans, Economist editor Ryan Avent brings up-to-the-minute research and reporting to bear on the major economic question of our time: can the modern world manage technological changes every bit as disruptive as those that shook the socioeconomic landscape of the 19th century?

Travelling around the world, Avent investigates the meaning of work today: how technology is rendering time-tested business models outmoded and catapulting workers into a world indistinguishable from that of a generation ago. Our conceptions of the relationships between capital and labor and between rich and poor have been overturned.

Past revolutions required rewriting the social contract, as will this one. Avent looks to the history of the Industrial Revolution and the work of numerous experts for lessons in reordering society. The future needn’t be bleak, but as The Wealth of Humans explains, we can’t expect to restructure the world without rethinking what an economy should be.

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User Reviews

John C.

stars_4 A little dense but overall very intreresting. Not sure I agree with everything 100% but it’s clearly well researched and informed.



Max R.

stars_4-5 This book is a little scary. Maybe that’s the point. What will happen to normal working people in the digital economy he presents??? Glad I read this. Lots to think about.



William P.

stars_3-5 Not bad, but not great either. Sometimes I feel like economists reduce people down to numbers and data points in their models. Not sure if that’s a good thing.

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Ryan Avent: The Wealth of Humans Audio Book Summary

In this incredibly poignant and detailed look at 21st century business and economics, Ryan Avent attempts to answer a single question: how will the nature of work and wealth change as we move through the digital age?

There’s no question that how people work and earn money has changed drastically over the course of the last decade, but where, exactly, is this trend headed, and what can we, as individuals, do to make sure that we’re well-positioned for the changes to come?

Avent answers this as well as other questions in his audiobook, The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-First Century, comparing the current economic landscape to that of the early days of the Industrial Revolution. While just how life will change may not be fully known, there are some probable predictions we can make about how to alter our income for the future of work and wealth.