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The Second Machine Age

Work, Progress, And Prosperity In A Time Of Brilliant Technologies

By Erik Brynjolfsson

A New York Times Bestseller



A revolution is under way.


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 will alter how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.

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2014

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9780393239355


Format: Book
Author: Brynjolfsson, Erik
Summary: A pair of technology experts describe how humans will have to keep pace with machines in order to become prosperous in the future and identify strategies and policies for business and individuals to use to combine digital processing power with human ingenuity.
Title: The second machine age : work, progress, and prosperity in a time of brilliant technologies / Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee.
Publisher Date: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Subject: Information technology -- Economic aspects. Economic development -- Technological innovations. Progress -- Social aspects. Social stratification.
Isbn: 9780393239355 (hbk.) 0393239357 (hbk.)
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Call Number: 303.483 Bry
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Bib Id: 493417

Format: Book
Author: Brynjolfsson, Erik.
Summary: A pair of technology experts describe how humans will have to keep pace with machines in order to become prosperous in the future and identify strategies and policies for business and individuals to use to combine digital processing power with human ingenuity.
Title: The second machine age : work, progress, and prosperity in a time of brilliant technologies / Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee.
Edition: First Edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Description: 306 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects: Information technology -- Economic aspects.
Subjects: Economic development -- Technological innovations.
Subjects: Progress -- Social aspects.
Subjects: Social stratification.
Other Author: McAfee, Andrew.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: The big stories -- The skills of the new machines : technology races ahead -- Moore's law and the second half of the chessboard -- The digitization of just about everything -- Innovation: declining or recombining? -- Artificial and human intelligence in the second machine age -- Computing bounty -- Beyond GDP -- The spread -- The biggest winners : stars and superstars -- Implications of the bounty and the spread -- Learning to race with machines : recommendations for individuals -- Policy recommendations -- Long-term recommendations -- Technology and the future (which is very different from "technology is the future").
LCCN: 2013041204
ISBN: 9780393239355 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0393239357 (hbk.)
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Call Number: 303.483 Bry