The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
February 4, 2014
From the publisher:
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… 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… 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… 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…
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, by Erick Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2014. 206 p. ISBN 9780393239355 (hardcover)
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