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

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By (author) Erik Brynjolfsson, By (author) Andrew McAfee

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 238mm x 30mm | 520g
  • Publication date: 21 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393239357
  • ISBN 13: 9780393239355
  • Illustrations note: black & white line drawings, figures, graphs
  • Sales rank: 9,801

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In recent years, computers have learned to diagnose diseases, drive cars, write clean prose and win game shows. Advances like these have created unprecedented economic bounty but in their wake median income has stagnated and employment levels have fallen. Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee reveal the technological forces driving this reinvention of the economy and chart a path towards 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. A fundamentally optimistic book, The Second Machine Age will radically alter how we think about issues of technological, societal and economic progress.

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Erik Brynjolfsson is the director of the MIT Center for Digital Business and one of the most cited scholars in information systems and economics. Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business and the author of Enterprise 2.0.

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By Gisela Radant Wood 20 Jan 2014 3

Whether we are in the second machine age or beyond depends on how you count 'machine'.

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Information technology is the foundation of the next industrial revolution. Its often unarticulated dark side has been the widening of the economic divide. In this book, McAfee and Brynjolfsson do a masterful job of exploring both the promise of computer technology and its profound societal impact. --Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk"