The Second Machine Age Work Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

Author: Erik Brynjolfsson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393241259
Release Date: 2014-01-20
Genre: Business & Economics

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.

The Second Machine Age

Author: Erik Brynjolfsson
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
ISBN: 0393350649
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Business & Economics

A pair of technology experts describe how humans will have to keep pace with machines in order to become prosperous in the future and identify strategies and policies for business and individuals to use to combine digital processing power with human ingenuity.

Machine Platform Crowd Harnessing Our Digital Future

Author: Andrew McAfee
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393254303
Release Date: 2017-06-27
Genre: Business & Economics

From the authors of the best-selling The Second Machine Age, a leader’s guide to success in a rapidly changing economy. We live in strange times. A machine plays the strategy game Go better than any human; upstarts like Apple and Google destroy industry stalwarts such as Nokia; ideas from the crowd are repeatedly more innovative than corporate research labs. MIT’s Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson know what it takes to master this digital-powered shift: we must rethink the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms, and of the core and the crowd. In all three cases, the balance now favors the second element of the pair, with massive implications for how we run our companies and live our lives. In the tradition of agenda-setting classics like Clay Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma, McAfee and Brynjolfsson deliver both a penetrating analysis of a new world and a toolkit for thriving in it. For startups and established businesses, or for anyone interested in what the future holds, Machine, Platform, Crowd is essential reading.

The Race for Work

Author: Bhoopathi Rapolu
Publisher: Bhoopathi Rapolu
ISBN:
Release Date: 2017-03-21
Genre: Business & Economics

Discover the secrets for thriving in a world being swept by automation! The rapid growth of technology and automation has changed the way we seek our work and find fulfillment—money, meaning and freedom. Those who don’t adapt are being trapped in the downward spiral of career stagnation, working harder and earning less, or losing their jobs altogether. People who understood how to win out over intelligent machines have found their dream jobs and career fulfillment. In this book you’ll learn: Why your job is more at risk than you think. Why being productive at your workplace does not help you succeed, and what you can do about it. Why today’s capitalistic industry structure is going to get rid of most of the traditional jobs. How to win the race against the intelligent machines that are taking our jobs. How the Big 3 Technologies are opening up millions of dream jobs. Why you are not an outsider to this party and how you can find your dream job irrespective of your current skills and experience. The proven step-by-step method through which you can find your career fulfillment. Who should read this book? Technology professionals in their 20s & 30s: Are you wondering why you are not able to grow your career as much as you thought you could? Professionals in business support functions (HR, Sales & Marketing, Procurement, Finance etc.): Do you feel like you are stuck in a company that is not growing enough and you don’t know how to get into a fast-growing company? Students: Are you considering getting another degree, as opposed to finding your dream job? Entrepreneurs: are you wondering if you made the right choice in developing your business idea? The tide has turned and emerging technologies are changing the face of business on a global scale. Will you ride the wave of change or be buried under it? Scroll up and get your copy now. Your success in life depends on it. An Author's Republic audio production.

Race Against the Machine

Author: Erik Brynjolfsson
Publisher: Brynjolfsson and McAfee
ISBN: 9780984725113
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Business & Economics

Examines how information technologies are affecting jobs, skills, wages, and the economy.

Wired for Innovation

Author: Erik Brynjolfsson
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262258074
Release Date: 2009-09-11
Genre: Business & Economics

A wave of business innovation is driving the productivity resurgence in the U.S. economy. In Wired for Innovation, Erik Brynjolfsson and Adam Saunders describe how information technology directly or indirectly created this productivity explosion, reversing decades of slow growth. They argue that the companies with the highest level of returns to their technology investment are doing more than just buying technology; they are inventing new forms of organizational capital to become digital organizations. These innovations include a cluster of organizational and business-process changes, including broader sharing of information, decentralized decision-making, linking pay and promotions to performance, pruning of non-core products and processes, and greater investments in training and education.Innovation continues through booms and busts. This book provides an essential guide for policy makers and economists who need to understand how information technology is transforming the economy and how it will create value in the coming decade.

Leading Digital

Author: George Westerman
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
ISBN: 9781625272485
Release Date: 2014-09-23
Genre: Business & Economics

Become a Digital Master—No Matter What Business You’re In If you think the phrase “going digital” is only relevant for industries like tech, media, and entertainment—think again. In fact, mobile, analytics, social media, sensors, and cloud computing have already fundamentally changed the entire business landscape as we know it—including your industry. The problem is that most accounts of digital in business focus on Silicon Valley stars and tech start-ups. But what about the other 90-plus percent of the economy? In Leading Digital, authors George Westerman, Didier Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee highlight how large companies in traditional industries—from finance to manufacturing to pharmaceuticals—are using digital to gain strategic advantage. They illuminate the principles and practices that lead to successful digital transformation. Based on a study of more than four hundred global firms, including Asian Paints, Burberry, Caesars Entertainment, Codelco, Lloyds Banking Group, Nike, and Pernod Ricard, the book shows what it takes to become a Digital Master. It explains successful transformation in a clear, two-part framework: where to invest in digital capabilities, and how to lead the transformation. Within these parts, you’ll learn: • How to engage better with your customers • How to digitally enhance operations • How to create a digital vision • How to govern your digital activities The book also includes an extensive step-by-step transformation playbook for leaders to follow. Leading Digital is the must-have guide to help your organization survive and thrive in the new, digitally powered, global economy.

Surviving the Machine Age

Author: Kevin LaGrandeur
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319511658
Release Date: 2017-04-13
Genre: Social Science

This book examines the current state of the technologically-caused unemployed, and attempts to answer the question of how to proceed into an era beyond technological unemployment. Beginning with an overview of the most salient issues, the experts collected in this work present their own novel visions of the future and offer suggestions for adapting to a more symbiotic economic relationship with AI. These suggestions include different modes of dealing with education, aging workers, government policies, and the machines themselves. Ultimately, they lay out a whole new approach to economics, one in which we learn to merge with and adapt to our increasingly intelligent creations.

Rise of the Robots

Author: Martin Ford
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465040674
Release Date: 2015-05-05
Genre: Business & Economics

Winner of the 2015 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award A New York Times Bestseller Top Business Book of 2015 at Forbes One of NBCNews.com 12 Notable Science and Technology Books of 2015 What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? As technology continues to accelerate and machines begin taking care of themselves, fewer people will be necessary. Artificial intelligence is already well on its way to making "good jobs" obsolete: many paralegals, journalists, office workers, and even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by robots and smart software. As progress continues, blue and white collar jobs alike will evaporate, squeezing working- and middle-class families ever further. At the same time, households are under assault from exploding costs, especially from the two major industries-education and health care-that, so far, have not been transformed by information technology. The result could well be massive unemployment and inequality as well as the implosion of the consumer economy itself. The past solutions to technological disruption, especially more training and education, aren't going to work. We must decide, now, whether the future will see broad-based prosperity or catastrophic levels of inequality and economic insecurity. Rise of the Robots is essential reading to understand what accelerating technology means for our economic prospects-not to mention those of our children-as well as for society as a whole.

The Rise of the Robots

Author: Martin Ford
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780747507
Release Date: 2015-09-03
Genre: Business & Economics

Intelligent algorithms are already well on their way to making white collar jobs obsolete: travel agents, data-analysts, and paralegals are currently in the firing line. In the near future, doctors, taxi-drivers and ironically even computer programmers are poised to be replaced by 'robots'. Without a radical reassessment of our economic and political structures, we risk the very implosion of the capitalist economy itself. In Rise of the Robots, technology expert Martin Ford systematically outlines the achievements of artificial intelligence and uses a wealth of economic data to illustrate the terrifying societal implications. From health and education to finance and technology, his warning is start - all jobs that are on some level routine are like to eventually be automated, resulting in the death of traditional careers and a hollowed-out middle class. The robots are coming and we have to decide – now – whether the future will bring prosperity or catastrophe.

No Ordinary Disruption

Author: Richard Dobbs
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 9781610397629
Release Date: 2016-08-30
Genre: Business & Economics

Our intuition on how the world works could well be wrong. We are surprised when new competitors burst on the scene, or businesses protected by large and deep moats find their defenses easily breached, or vast new markets are conjured from nothing. Trend lines resemble saw-tooth mountain ridges. The world not only feels different. The data tell us it is different. Based on years of research by the directors of the McKinsey Global Institute, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Forces Breaking all the Trends is a timely and important analysis of how we need to reset our intuition as a result of four forces colliding and transforming the global economy: the rise of emerging markets, the accelerating impact of technology on the natural forces of market competition, an aging world population, and accelerating flows of trade, capital and people. Our intuitions formed during a uniquely benign period for the world economy—often termed the Great Moderation. Asset prices were rising, cost of capital was falling, labour and resources were abundant, and generation after generation was growing up more prosperous than their parents. But the Great Moderation has gone. The cost of capital may rise. The price of everything from grain to steel may become more volatile. The world's labor force could shrink. Individuals, particularly those with low job skills, are at risk of growing up poorer than their parents. What sets No Ordinary Disruption apart is depth of analysis combined with lively writing informed by surprising, memorable insights that enable us to quickly grasp the disruptive forces at work. For evidence of the shift to emerging markets, consider the startling fact that, by 2025, a single regional city in China—Tianjin—will have a GDP equal to that of the Sweden, of that, in the decades ahead, half of the world's economic growth will come from 440 cities including Kumasi in Ghana or Santa Carina in Brazil that most executives today would be hard-pressed to locate on a map. What we are now seeing is no ordinary disruption but the new facts of business life— facts that require executives and leaders at all levels to reset their operating assumptions and management intuition.

The Little Prince

Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Publisher: Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing
ISBN: PKEY:SMP2300000140910
Release Date: 2018-06-06
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

“When I fly among the stars and see the lights in the distance, I say to myself that this is my little Consuelo is calling me…” Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote about love for his wife. A graceful Consuelo Suncin inspired an outstanding French writer, poet and pilot to create a beautiful rose in his famous all over the world book The Little Prince. The book that became a real bestseller of the twentieth century.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Author: Klaus Schwab
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781524758868
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Business & Economics

The founder of the World Economics Forum reveals an imminent, unprecedented technological revolution in all venues of the physical, digital, and biological worlds that is fundamentally changing how ordinary people live and work.