The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series Featuring Andrew McAfee

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business, discussing his ne…


  1. 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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