How This Book is Structured

Because this book is written primarily for people who are facing a serious existential problem (the threat of losing their livelihood to automation), I've structured this book in a specific way.

You probably already noticed that it's short. I don't see any reason to make this a long, academic volume that will put you to sleep. Instead, I do my best to present the most relevant information possible and then point you to other sources if you want to learn more.

While I do plan on updating and expanding it as time goes on, I'd rather spin out the most complex ideas I have into other books (or courses, or podcasts, or whatever I feel like) than turn this into an intimidating monstrosity. There are enough of those on the internet already.

The problem we're all facing is not a shortage of information. The problem we are facing is one of structure: the information supply is overwhelming, and nobody's providing any coherent direction for people who want to learn. My goal here is to remedy that by giving you a roadmap for understanding the problem and, ultimately, solving it in your own life.

What you get in this book is not just a tsunami of information to drown in, but a high quality program for understanding how you can avoid losing your job to a robot. It starts with an overview of the problem, then it becomes a curriculum that you can follow to deal with it. The books, videos and other learning resources I recommend are all high quality and purposefully picked for information density.

By doing this, I'm giving you a curated map that blocks out all the noise in our information-rich world. It's a way to save you time and energy sorting through the copious amounts of riff-raff that's out there.

This is particularly important because one of the biggest problems facing our society is the lack of educational opportunities for people who are mid-career and either need (or want) to change professions. There are boatloads of programs to help people without resources when they're college age, but virtually none for 35 year olds with kids and a mortgage who are facing the threat of automation. Instead, they're expected to just sort of figure it out by Googling around haphazardly. This book is one step towards solving that problem.

You could say that this book is more like a curriculum or a blueprint. The book itself is way to build a strong conceptual foundation, while the learning materials I recommend are what you use to build the specific knowledge structures you'll need.

Within each resource there are countless deeper links that you can pursue. How deep you go within each one depends on your time, interest and current level of knowledge. No matter what, you will not find any dead ends in the learning material I recommend to you.

Each skill and domain I list is incredibly deep, and I don't expect you to grasp it all at once. Instead, you should treat this book like it's a class on how to keep your job and come back regularly to find the next piece of the puzzle you want to dive into. Keep reading it and using the curriculum I've provided until you feel like you've got enough momentum to start being creative on your own.

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