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"Optimistic and intriguing."
Steven Pearlstein, The Washington Post

"Excellent."
Clive Crook, Bloomberg

"Fascinating."
Andrew Leonard, Salon

"My favorite book so far of 2014. Both hopeful…and realistic."
Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Education

"Maddeningly reasonable and readable."
Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek

"Offers important insights into how digital technologies are transforming our economy, a process that has only just begun."
Reid Hoffman, cofounder/chairman of LinkedIn and coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Start-up of You

"Brynjolfsson and McAfee are right: we are on the cusp of a dramatically different world brought on by technology.
The Second Machine Age is the book for anyone who wants to thrive in it. I’ll encourage all of our entrepreneurs to read it, and hope their competitors don’t."
Marc Andreessen, cofounder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz

"Technology is overturning the world’s economies, and
The Second Machine Age is the best explanation of this revolution yet written."
Kevin Kelly, senior maverick for Wired and author of What Technology Wants

"What globalization was to the economic debates of the late 20th century, technological change is to the early 21st century. Long after the financial crisis and great recession have receded, the issues raised in this important book will be central to our lives and our politics."
Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University

"In this optimistic book Brynjolfsson and McAfee clearly explain the bounty that awaits us from intelligent machines. But they argue that creating the bounty depends on finding ways to race with the machine rather than racing against the machine. That means people like me need to build machines that are easy to master and use. Ultimately, those who embrace the new technologies will be the ones who benefit most."
Rodney Brooks, chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics, Inc

"An important book on the technology-driven opportunities and challenges we all face in the next decade. Anyone who wants to understand how amazing new technologies are transforming our economy should start here."
Austan Goolsbee, professor of economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers

"A brilliant look at the future that technology is bringing to our economic and social lives. Read
The Second Machine Age if you want to prepare yourself and your children for the world of work ahead."
Zoë Baird, president, Markle Foundation

"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."
Garry Kasparov, thirteenth World Chess Champion

"After reading this book, your world view will be flipped: you’ll see that collective intelligence will come not only from networked brains but also from massively connected and intelligent machines."
Nicholas Negroponte, cofounder of the MIT Media Lab, founder of One Laptop per Child, and author of Being Digital

"Truly helped me see the world of tomorrow through exponential rather than arithmetic lenses. 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!"
Clayton M. Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma

"This provocative book is both grounded and visionary, with highly approachable economic analyses that add depth to their vision. A must-read."
John Seely Brown, coauthor of The Power of Pull and A New Culture of Learning

"A whirlwind tour of innovators and innovations around the world. But this isn’t just casual sightseeing. Along the way, they describe how these technological wonders came to be, why they are important, and where they are headed."
Hal Varian, chief economist at Google

"Brynjolfsson and McAfee do an amazing job of explaining the progression of technology, giving us a glimpse of the future, and explaining the economics of these advances. And they provide sound policy prescriptions. Their book could also have been titled Exponential Economics 101―it is a must-read."
Vivek Wadhwa, director of research at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and author of The Immigrant Exodus

"A masterful job of exploring both the promise of computer technology and its profound societal impact."
Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk

About the Author

Erik Brynjolfsson is the director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and Schussel Family Professor of Management Science at the MIT Sloan School. He is the author of several best-selling books with co-author Andrew McAfee, and one of the world’s most cited scholars in information systems and economics.

Andrew McAfee is the co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and co-author of the best-selling The Second Machine Age and Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future. He and co-author Erik Brynjolfsson are the only people named to both the Thinkers 50 list of the world’s top management thinkers and the Politico 50 group of people transforming American politics.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (January 25, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0393350649
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0393350647
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.3 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
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