Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future

Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future

by Andrew McAfee, Erik Brynjolfsson


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“A clear and crisply written account of machine intelligence, big data and the sharing economy. But McAfee and Brynjolfsson also wisely acknowledge the limitations of their futurology and avoid over-simplification.” —Financial Times

In The Second Machine Age, Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson predicted some of the far-reaching effects of digital technologies on our lives and businesses. Now they’ve written a guide to help readers make the most of our collective future. Machine | Platform | Crowd outlines the opportunities and challenges inherent in the science fiction technologies that have come to life in recent years, like self-driving cars and 3D printers, online platforms for renting outfits and scheduling workouts, or crowd-sourced medical research and financial instruments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393356069
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 247,063
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Andrew McAfee is the co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and co-author of the best-selling The Second Machine Age and Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future. He and co-author Erik Brynjolfsson are the only people named to both the Thinkers 50 list of the world’s top management thinkers and the Politico 50 group of people transforming American politics.

Erik Brynjolfsson is the director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and Schussel Family Professor of Management Science at the MIT Sloan School. He is the author of several best-selling books with co-author Andrew McAfee, and one of the world’s most cited scholars in information systems and economics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Triple Revolution 1

Part 1 Mind and MaChine

Chapter 2 The Hardest Thing To Accept About Ourselves 31

Chapter 3 Our Most Mind-Like Machines 66

Chapter 4 HI, Robot 87

Chapter 5 Where Technology And Industry Still Need Humanity 110

Part 2 Product and Platform

Chapter 6 The Toll Of A New Machine 129

Chapter 7 Paying Complements, And Other Smart Strategies 151

Chapter 8 The Match Game: Why Platforms Excel 177

Chapter 9 Do Products Have A Prayer? 200

Part 3 Core And Crowd

Chapter 10 That Escalated Quickly: The Emergence Of The Crowd 229

Chapter 11 Why The Expert You Know Is Not The Expert You Need 252

Chapter 12 The Dream Of Decentralizing All The Things 278

Chapter 13 Are Companies Passé? (Hint: No) 301

Conclusion: Economies And Societies Beyond Computation 329

Notes 335

Acknowledgments 379

Index 385

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