The Second Machine Age

Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfeeWhat We're Reading

If you want to survive in the cocktail parties we go to, you have to read this book.  It’s the academic point of view on the siren call that is automation.  Built on standard foundations (Moore’s Law, Big Data, etc.), this book goes on to explore the optimist vs. pessimist view of a future where labor and economic value need not be aligned.  When you don’t need farmers, and then you don’t need factory workers, and then you don’t need service workers, what becomes of the economy.  This book covers some heady topic areas, explores potential paths in education reform and economic policy, and leaves you considering the implications of the future for yourself, your enterprise, your children, and the world.

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