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The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

by Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee


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A New York Times Bestseller. A “fascinating” (Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times) look at how digital technology is transforming our work and our lives.

In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies—with hardware, software, and networks at their core—will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human.

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.

Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professions of all kinds—from lawyers to truck drivers—will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. Recent economic indicators reflect this shift: fewer people are working, and wages are falling even as productivity and profits soar.

Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. These include revamping education so that it prepares people for the next economy instead of the last one, designing new collaborations that pair brute processing power with human ingenuity, and embracing policies that make sense in a radically transformed landscape.

A fundamentally optimistic book, The Second Machine Age alters how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393350647
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/25/2016
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 199,250
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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.

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Big Stories 1

Chapter 2 The Skills of the New Machines; Technology Races Ahead 13

Chapter 3 Moore's Law and the Second Half of the Chessboard 39

Chapter 4 The Digitization of Just About Everything 57

Chapter 5 Innovation: Declining or Recombining? 71

Chapter 6 Artificial and Human Intelligence in the Second Machine Age 89

Chapter 7 Computing Bounty 97

Chapter 8 Beyond GDP 107

Chapter 9 The Spread 125

Chapter 10 The Biggest Winners: Stars and Superstars 147

Chapter 11 Implications of the Bounty and the Spread 163

Chapter 12 Learning to Race With Machines: Recommendations for Individuals 187

Chapter 13 Policy Recommendations 205

Chapter 14 Long-Term Recommendations 229

Chapter 15 Technology and the Future (Which Is Very Different from "Technology Is the Future") 249

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 263

Illustration Sources 293

Index 295

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