The Second Machine Age

The Second Machine Age

Work, Progress, and Prosperity in A Time of Brilliant Technologies

Book - 2014
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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.

Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, 2014, ©2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393239355
Branch Call Number: 303. 483 BRY
Characteristics: 306 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: McAfee, Andrew - Author


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Jul 21, 2017

A very good socio-economic approach to the impact of ICTs on many aspects of our lives and functionment. Definitively recommend reading this!

Aug 18, 2016

This book gives a clear picture of what the future will hold for technology and how it will effect the way we live and work and what you can do to prepare for it.

Jul 19, 2016

A thoughtful caution about the potential impact of smart machines and why govts worldwide should consider this important issue. The U.S. certainly is. Silicon Valley and MIT are leading the charge. Unfortunately, Canada is neither adopting nor even tracking the new technologies in a meaningful way, which explains why Canada is in decline and will be for several generations. Public service unions here are exerting aggressive control over new technologies that should be in use right now. Self-serving teachers' unions and the school boards that promote them are the reason why we are still plagued by an 18th c. education model. This is also why useless govt trackers record such work as 'safe from replacement by the machines.' Generations of Canadians will pay for this. The book very thoughtfully raises the question whether new tech will usurp more jobs than it creates. The rest is up to us.

Jan 03, 2015

I don't think the previous commenter actually read the book. The author does say that automation and globalization have and will lead to job loss. And he does say that computers have caused income inequality. One interesting thought is that automation will probably actually return production from globalization since the low cost jobs will be automated and there will then be no advantage in sourcing offshore. The book is definitely worth reading - a realistic look at our present and what we have before us.

Apr 28, 2014

[Update #2: I'm pretty sure that the commenter, 2295..., if they read the book, certainly didn't comprehend it. W/phase 2, automating jobs, offshoring being phase 1, production won't exist for humans!] [Update: It is now becoming obvious the fat cats are beginning to run scared: witness the spate of books, this one and another by Simon Head, and still others, claiming that their offshoring of jobs was insignificant, it was because of the computers, et cetera. Plus the Rockefeller family keeps hiring people to claim that they have no money left!] Back in 1978, at an international convention of engineers and computer scientists in Switzerland, the one conclusion which won unananimous approval was that automation would lead to job loss. This book is a repeat of that mundane conclusion, but the author spins more fiction, more dishonesty (Oh, he's at MIT - - that figures!) to support his pathetic and relatively obvious thesis. No, the author is wrong when stating that jobs offshoring had nothing to do with the growth in unemployment in America. Most definitely wrong! Yes, present and future automation will lead to fewer jobs in certain countries: they continue to offshore jobs, those jobs which would be created by the increase in automation are further done overseas, leading to exponential increases in automation. This is the way of a predatory capitalism as practised in the Corporate Fascist State, where the Rentier Class, or Global Elites or Transnational Capitalist Class, which is far wealthier thant Thomas Piketty's most limited research into INCOMES, not wealth generated from capital gains, will ever explain.

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