In The Second Machine Age MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee—two thinkers at the forefront of their field—reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, we will realize immense bounty in the form of dazzling personal technology, advanced infrastructure, and near-boundless access to the cultural items that enrich our lives.
"The strength of The Second Machine Age is how it weaves macro- and microeconomics with insights from a wide range of other disciplines into an accessible and convincing story." Washington Post
"Just by its title,The Second Machine Agedraws an analogy to the industrial revolution which implicitly suggests that the digital revolution will be comparable in its effects on long-run economic growth." New Republic
"Their most recent book,The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies,took an upbeat view of the high-tech future. But since its 2014 publication, the two academics have been grappling with a problem whose dimensions surprise even them: why digital innovations are contributing to the stagnation in average incomes in the United States and to the disappearance of so many middle-level jobs." Harvard Business Review
In 2006, co-authors Robert Scoble and Shel Israel wrote Naked Conversations, a book that persuaded businesses to embrace what we now call social media. Six years later they have teamed up again to report that social media is but one of five converging forces that promise to change virtually every aspect
In the economy of a few years from now, what will people do better than computers? Technology is rapidly invading fields that it once could not touch, driving cars better than humans do, predicting Supreme Court decisions better than legal experts, packing boxes, identifying faces, scurrying around hospitals delivering medications, all
What does the future hold for the human race? It’s inevitable that the progress of AI technology will impact every area of our lives, whether it’s healthcare, finance, or politics. In Max Tegmark’s thoughts-provoking book, he unravels a lot of these possibilities and refers to several researches that can give us
The Future of Work explores the new behaviors, new technologies, and the new people entering the workforce, focusing on: how the traditional command and control leadership model is dead; working with and for Millennials, who expect to be doing meaningful work, share their voice, and want rapid feedback; how to adapt
We typically associate success and leadership with smarts, passion and luck. But in today’s hyper-competitive world, even those gifts aren’t enough. Get Big Things Done argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence. Virtually anyone can maximize his or her potential, and achieve breakthrough performance, by
In the second machine age, we need to think much more deeply about what it is we really want and what we value, both as individuals and as a society.
If the work a person produces in one hour can instead be produced by a machine for one dollar, then a profit-maximizing employer won’t offer a wage for that job of more than one dollar.
In almost every industry, technological progress will bring unprecedented bounty. More wealth will be created with less work.
Unlike the steam engine or electricity, second machine age technologies continue to improve at a remarkably rapid exponential pace, replicating their power with digital perfection and creating even more opportunities for combinatorial innovation.
But what drives increases in GDP per person? Part of it comes from using more resources. But most of it comes from increases in our ability to get more output from the given level of inputs.
The transformations brought about by digital technology will be profoundly beneficial ones. Technology can bring us more choice and even freedom.