A New York Times Bestseller. A “fascinating” (Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times) look at how digital technology is transforming our work and our lives. 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—with hardware, software, and networks at their core—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—two thinkers at the forefront of their field—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. Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. 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. Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. These include revamping education so that it prepares people for the next economy instead of the last one, designing new collaborations that pair brute processing power with human ingenuity, and embracing policies that make sense in a radically transformed landscape. A fundamentally optimistic book, The Second Machine Age alters how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.
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A major figure throws down the gauntlet before his colleagues. Pawley, a European architectural critic and correspondent, points out the facts of postmodern built environments--pollution, resource depletion, urban paralysis, a global information network--and accuses architects of leaving the field to commercial interests. A sequel to Reyner Banheim's Theory and design in the first machine age (1960). Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
“A clear and crisply written account of machine intelligence, big data and the sharing economy. But McAfee and Brynjolfsson also wisely acknowledge the limitations of their futurology and avoid over-simplification.” —Financial Times In The Second Machine Age, Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson predicted some of the far-reaching effects of digital technologies on our lives and businesses. Now they’ve written a guide to help readers make the most of our collective future. Machine | Platform | Crowd outlines the opportunities and challenges inherent in the science fiction technologies that have come to life in recent years, like self-driving cars and 3D printers, online platforms for renting outfits and scheduling workouts, or crowd-sourced medical research and financial instruments.
Examines how information technologies are affecting jobs, skills, wages, and the economy.
First published in 1960, Theory and Design in the First Machine Age has become required reading in numerous courses on the history of modern architecture and is widely regarded as one of the definitive books on the modern movement. It has influenced a generation of students and critics interested in the formation of attitudes, themes, and forms which were characteristic of artists and architects working primarily in Europe between 1900 and 1930 under the compulsion of new technological developments in the first machine age.
Orange Sky: Love of Drawing in the Second Machine Age Damon Leverett, Architect, Artist and Designers talks about his experience as a child growing up in urban Detroit during the late-1960's. He soon discovers through childhood friendships, the joy of sketching and drawing and transforms the experience into a lifelong vocation and profession working as an architect. Damon also walks through his personal experiences of transitioning through multiple drawing technologies over a thirty year period and emphasizes the value of drawing as a wonderful experience rather than just a tool for production. This book is a follow up to Damon's first publication: "Light Engines and Other Architectural Experiments" in 2005 which covers his works from 1990-2000. The exhibits presented in Orange Sky represents digital sketches and drawings from 2004-2014.