The Second Age Machine

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The Second Machine Age

“The Second Machine Age” is a reprise of an e-book, “Race Against the Machine,” that Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee self-published two years ago. It builds on their work at MIT’s Center for Digital Business.

The MIT duo offers an antidote to the economic pessimism that has taken root in the aftermath of the financial crisis, arguing that the global economy is on the cusp of a dramatic growth spurt driven by smart machines. Finally taking full advantage of advances in computer processing, artificial intelligence, networked communication and the digitization of everything, machines can finally do things once considered possible only in the realm of science fiction.

Above is a terrific discussion between MIT’s Andrew McAfee and Walter Isaacson around the book.

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