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The Routledge Handbook of Smart Technologies

An Economic and Social Perspective

Edited by: Heinz D. Kurz , Marlies Schütz , Rita Strohmaier , Stella S. Zilian

Print publication date:  February  2022
Online publication date:  February  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367369231
eBook ISBN: 9780429351921
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429351921
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This Handbook provides a thorough discussion of the most recent wave of technological (and organisational) innovations, frequently called ?smart? and based on the digitisation of information. The acronym stands for "Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology". This new wave is one in a row of waves that have shaken up and transformed the economy, society and culture since the first Industrial Revolution and have left a huge impact on how we live, think, communicate and work: they have deeply affected the socioeconomic metabolism from within and humankind?s footprint on our planet. The Handbook analyses the origins of the current wave, its roots in earlier ones and its path-dependent nature; its current forms and actual manifestations; its multifarious impact on economy and society; and it puts forward some guesstimates regarding the probable directions of its further development. In short, the Handbook studies the past, the present and the future of smart technologies and digitalisation.

This cutting-edge reference will appeal to a broad audience, including but not limited to, researchers from various disciplines with a focus on technological innovation and their impact on the socioeconomic system; students across different fields but especially from economics, social sciences and law studying questions related to radical technological change and its consequences, as well as professionals around the globe interested in the debate of smart technologies and socioeconomic transformation, from a multi- and interdisciplinary perspective.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Is Technological Progress Inevitable? Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Disruptive Technological Change in Recent Economic History Download PDF
Chapter  3:  On Machine Ages Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Tools and Concepts for Understanding Disruptive Technological Change after Schumpeter Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Entrepreneurship and Industrial Organisation Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Is This Time Different? A Note on Automation and Labour in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Smart Technologies and the Changing Skills Landscape in Developing Countries Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Impact of Disruptive Technologies on Work and Employment Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Distribution of Income Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Legal Protection of Platform Workers Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Smart Technologies and Gender: A Never-Ending Story Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Artificial Intelligence Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The Science Space of Artificial Intelligence Knowledge Production Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Structural Dynamics in the ERA of Smart Technologies Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Diffusion of Industrial Robots Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The Triple Bottom Line of Smart Manufacturing Technologies Download PDF
Chapter  17:  From Smart Technologies to Value Creation Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Smart Cities, a Spatial Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Producing the ‘User’ in Smart Technologies Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Digital Transformation and the Sovereignty of Nation States Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Antitrust Law and Digital Markets Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Platform Regulation Download PDF
Chapter  23:  New Mission-Oriented Innovation Policy in the Digital ERA Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Crypto Assets Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Blockchain and the “Smart-Ification” of Governance Download PDF
Chapter  26:  “Back to the Future” Download PDF
Chapter  27:  North–South Divide in Research and Innovation and the Challenges of Global Technology Assessment Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Smart Technologies, Energy Demand and Vulnerable Groups; the Scope for ‘Just’ Metering? Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Smart Health Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Cybersecurity and Ethics Download PDF
Chapter  31:  A Digital Society for an Ageing Population Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Digitalisation and Development in India Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Industry 4.0 in China Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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