What is "code"? Code is the DNA of human civilization as it has evolved from Neolithic simplicity to modern complexity. It is the "how" of progress. It is how ideas become things, how ingredients become cookies. It is how cities are created and how industries develop.
In a sweeping narrative that takes readers from the invention of the alphabet to the advent of the Blockchain, Philip Auerswald argues that the advance of code is the key driver of human history. Over the span of centuries, each major stage in the advance of code has brought a shift in the structure of society that has challenged human beings to reinvent not only how we work but who we are.
We are in another of those stages now. The Code Economy explains how the advance of code is once again fundamentally altering the nature of work and the human experience. Auerswald provides a timely investigation of value creation in the contemporary economy-and an indispensable guide to our economic future.
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About the Author
Philip Auerswald is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation. He is also the Co-founder and Co-editor of Innovations, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Technology = Recipes 1
Part 1 The Advance of Code
1 Jobs: Divide and Coordinate 13
2 Code: "This Is the Procedure" 25
3 Machines: "The Universal Character" 36
4 Computers: Predicting the Weather 50
Part 2 Code Economics
5 Substitution: The Great Man-vs-Machine Debate 65
6 Information: "Reliable Circuits Using Crummy Relays" 87
7 Learning: The Dividend of Doing 99
8 Evolution: The Code of Life 115
9 Platforms: The Role of Standards in Enabling Increased Complexity 129
Part 3 The Human Advantage
10 Complementarity: The Bifurcation Is Near 151
11 Education: The Game of Life 168
12 Equity: Progress and Poverty 180
13 Authenticity: Creating the Foundation for Reputation 202
14 Purpose: The Promised Sand 216
Conclusion: Identity: A Copernican Moment 235