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The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by [Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee]
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The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition

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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. They are the coauthors of Race Against the Machine. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.


A brilliant look at the future that technology is bringing to our economic and social lives. Read The Second Machine Age if you want to prepare yourself and your children for the world of work ahead.--Zoë Baird, president, Markle Foundation

Brynjolfsson and McAfee are right: we are on the cusp of a dramatically different world brought on by technology. The Second Machine Age is the book for anyone who wants to thrive in it. I'll encourage all of our entrepreneurs to read it, and hope their competitors don't.--Marc Andreessen, cofounder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz

Excellent.--Clive Crook "Bloomberg"

Fascinating.--Andrew Leonard "Salon"

Maddeningly reasonable and readable.--Thomas Claburn "InformationWeek"

My favorite book so far of 2014. Both hopeful...and realistic.--Joshua Kim "Inside Higher Education"

Optimistic and intriguing.--Steven Pearlstein "The Washington Post"

Technology is overturning the world's economies, and The Second Machine Age is the best explanation of this revolution yet written.--Kevin Kelly, senior maverick for Wired and author of What Technology Wants

Will our new technologies lift us all up or leave more and more of us behind? The Second Machine Age is the essential guide to how and why that success will, or will not, be achieved.--Garry Kasparov, thirteenth World Chess Champion

This provocative book is both grounded and visionary, with highly approachable economic analyses that add depth to their vision. A must-read.--John Seely Brown, coauthor of The Power of Pull and A New Culture of Learning

A whirlwind tour of innovators and innovations around the world. But this isn't just casual sightseeing. Along the way, they describe how these technological wonders came to be, why they are important, and where they are headed.--Hal Varian, chief economist at Google

After reading this book, your world view will be flipped: you'll see that collective intelligence will come not only from networked brains but also from massively connected and intelligent machines.--Nicholas Negroponte, cofounder of the MIT Media Lab, founder of One Laptop per Child, and author of Being Digital

Brynjolfsson and McAfee do an amazing job of explaining the progression of technology, giving us a glimpse of the future, and explaining the economics of these advances. And they provide sound policy prescriptions. Their book could also have been titled Exponential Economics 101--it is a must-read.--Vivek Wadhwa, director of research at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering and author of The Immigrant Exodus

Truly helped me see the world of tomorrow through exponential rather than arithmetic lenses. Macro and microscopic frontiers now seem plausible, meaning that learners and teachers alike are in a perpetual mode of catching up with what is possible. It frames a future that is genuinely exciting!--Clayton M. Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, and author of The Innovator's Dilemma

A masterful job of exploring both the promise of computer technology and its profound societal impact.--Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk

An important book on the technology-driven opportunities and challenges we all face in the next decade. Anyone who wants to understand how amazing new technologies are transforming our economy should start here.--Austan Goolsbee, professor of economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers

In this optimistic book Brynjolfsson and McAfee clearly explain the bounty that awaits us from intelligent machines. But they argue that creating the bounty depends on finding ways to race with the machine rather than racing against the machine. That means people like me need to build machines that are easy to master and use. Ultimately, those who embrace the new technologies will be the ones who benefit most.--Rodney Brooks, chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics, Inc

Offers important insights into how digital technologies are transforming our economy, a process that has only just begun.--Reid Hoffman, cofounder/chairman of LinkedIn and coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Start-up of You

What globalization was to the economic debates of the late 20th century, technological change is to the early 21st century. Long after the financial crisis and great recession have receded, the issues raised in this important book will be central to our lives and our politics.--Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00D97HPQI
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (20 January 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6108 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
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