Robots Will Steal Your Job

Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK is an audiobook that explores the impact of technological advances on our lives, what it means to be happy, and provides suggestions on how to avoid a systemic collapse. Written by Federico Pistono and read by Ian R Buck.

Practical Advice for Everyone

Episode #18

Now that we have thoroughly explored how the economy is going to be changing in the near future, let's discuss what you can do today to help yourself transition into this brave new world.

Chapter Index

00:00 | Intro
00:25 | Chapter Begins
01:12 | 1.1 Need Less, Live More
08:56 | 1.2 Educate yourself
32:35 | 1.3 Educate Others
33:28 | 1.4 Grow Your Own Food
37:38 | 1.5 Eat Less Meat
43:05 | 1.6 Hungry, Hungry Houses (Save Energy)
49:26 | 1.7 Make Your Own Energy
51:25 | 1.8 Ditch the Car
56:36 | Outro


Figure 1.1: A comic strip I did back in 2009 for Blog Action Day.
Figure 1.1: A comic strip I did back in 2009 for Blog Action Day.


Green Tune-ups
Payback Time Added cost

Annual savings

10-year savings ROI
1.2 years $1,320


$11,360 96.5%
Green remodel
Payback Time Added cost

Annual savings

10-year savings ROI
4.2 years $15,814


$43,480 26.8%
Green advanced systems
Payback Time Added cost

Annual savings

20-year savings ROI
8.7 years $69,590


$182,170 11.8%

Table 1.1: Summary of house retrofit savings.


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  29. Hot Water Heater ‘Blanket’.
  30. Standby Power Reduction.
  31. Master ROI Table.
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  35. Re-Mapping Solar Grid Parity, John Farrell.
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