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The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
March 6, 2014
Make sure to read The New York Times article about this book!
About the Authors – Andrew McAfee studies how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. He's written a couple books on the subject, including Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization's Toughest Challenges. He blogs, tweets, and writes for publications including Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, and The New York Times. He's talked about his work at TED, on 60 Minutes, and in front of lots of smaller audiences. He was educated at Harvard and MIT, where he is the associate director of the Center for Digital Business.
Erik Brynjolfsson is the Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, a Professor at the MIT Sloan School, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research on the interaction among information technologies, strategy, productivity and employment has been recognized with 10 Best Paper prizes and five patents. Professor Brynjolfsson is a director or advisor for several technology-intensive firms and lectures worldwide on technology and strategy. His books include Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy, co-authored with Andrew McAfee. He received AB and SM degrees from Harvard and a PhD from MIT.
About the Book – The future of business, work, and the economy in a digital world.
In recent years, computers have learned to diagnose diseases, drive cars, write clean prose, and win at Jeopardy!. Advances like these have created unprecedented economic bounty, but in their wake median income has stagnated and the share of the population with jobs has fallen. MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee reveal the technological forces driving this reinvention of our economy and chart a path toward future prosperity.
Businesses and individuals, they argue, must learn to race with machines.
Drawing on years of research, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies and policies for doing so. These include honing the ability to mix and match different technological resources and designing new collaborations that pair brute processing power with human ingenuity. A fundamentally optimistic book, The Second Machine Age will radically alter how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.