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The second machine age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee Dec 12, economics technology AI This is an illuminating book about the benefits and challenges of the digital technologies. The computer technologies nowadays are doing the same thing for mental power. The skills of the new machines Computers are good at following rules, but lousy at pattern recognition. The three key characteristics of technological progress in the era of digital hardware, software, and networks are: exponential, digital, and combinatorial.

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Contents[ edit ] The main thesis of this book is that we are in the midst of a technological revolution that is radically redefining what work is, how value is created, and how the economy distributes that value. The authors stumbled upon these ideas after analyzing the unique economic recovery that followed the Great Recession of When the recession ended, many measures of economic health such as GDP, corporate profits, and investment in equipment and software rebounded quickly; however, one measure, unemployment, lagged behind.

This observation led the authors to conclude that a drastic shift in the means of production was taking place. The authors believe that technology is causing this shift, simultaneously boosting the productivity of firms while also eliminating the need for many forms of human labor.

As the authors came to this conclusion, they looked around to see if anyone else had begun to analyze this trend. When they found that technology was largely being left out of the mainstream discussion of unemployment, they decided that they would write this book to help get the ball rolling. The authors write that businesses are increasingly substituting machines for people, and that rate at which digital technologies are advancing is exponentially higher than that of the organizations, institutions, and individuals within our economy.

Additionally, the corporate use of equipment and software is increasing faster than the rate than employment. The authors appear to advocate for a collaborative partnership between computers and humans as the road to future job creation.

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The second machine age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

Brynjolfsson and McAfee combine their knowledge of rapidly evolving digital technologies and relevant economics to give us a colorful and accessible picture of dynamic forces that are shaping our lives, our work, and our economies. 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. A brilliant look at the future that technology is bringing to our economic and social life. Read The Second Machine Age if you want to prepare yourself and your children for the world of work ahead. 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!

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Contents[ edit ] The main thesis of this book is that we are in the midst of a technological revolution that is radically redefining what work is, how value is created, and how the economy distributes that value. The authors stumbled upon these ideas after analyzing the unique economic recovery that followed the Great Recession of When the recession ended, many measures of economic health such as GDP, corporate profits, and investment in equipment and software rebounded quickly; however, one measure, unemployment, lagged behind. This observation led the authors to conclude that a drastic shift in the means of production was taking place. The authors believe that technology is causing this shift, simultaneously boosting the productivity of firms while also eliminating the need for many forms of human labor.

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They argue that the Second Machine Age involves the automation of a lot of cognitive tasks that make humans and software-driven machines substitutes, rather than complements. They contrast this with what they call the "First Machine Age", or Industrial Revolution , which helped make labor and machines complementary. The book is divided into three sections: Chapters 1 through 6 describe "the fundamental characteristics of the second machine age," based on many examples of modern use of technology. Chapters 7 through 11 describe economic impacts of technology in terms of two concepts the authors call "bounty" and "spread. They use "spread" as a shorthand way to describe the increasing inequality that is also resulting from widespread new technology. Finally, in chapters 12 through 15, the authors prescribe some policy interventions that could enhance the benefits and reduce the harm of new technologies.

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