The Western world and Japan are experiencing economic stress as income, for most people, no longer rises even though employment is declining. To make matters worse, well-paying middle-class jobs are becoming less common and most workers who once would have held such jobs move down the economic ladder. Further, a small number who once would have held such jobs manage to obtain the skills needed to move up the ladder or to start their careers higher up the ladder. In our study-group we will read a document concerning The New York Times best-seller, Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford. Ford has written numerous books and has spoken before the TED conference and government, corporate and academic audiences. In our document, we will read Ford’s explanation of how and why this industrial revolution differs from the prior two (hunter-gatherer to agricultural and agricultural to industrial). This will include intriguing economic information and an introduction to technological change. No book is required: the coordinators will email the document to study-group participants.