The Second Machine Age

Summer 2014

The Second Machine Age

by Eric Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee

An analysis of how new computing and machine technologies will transform the workplace

We all know that computers and the internet are creating enormous changes in our everyday lives, but what is often less clear is the way in which computers and robots are increasingly able to perform sophisticated tasks that not too long ago were considered too complex for machines.

The authors, two economics professors at MIT, explore the scale of change looking at examples such as driverless cars and big data analysis, and discuss the implications of these changes in terms of education, the labour market and employment prospects.

Engaging throughout, and with a number of interesting examples of current trends, this is a great primer on some of the key challenges facing the economy over the next ten years and beyond.

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