Next Monday morning at Noon I’m talking with king of all media Walter Isaacson about The Second Machine Age at the Aspen Institute in Washington DC.

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I give Walter that title because in addition to editing Time and being CEO of CNN, he’s also written runaway bestsellers (about Steve Jobs) and Pulitzer Prize nominees (about Henry Kissinger). In his current job as the head of the Aspen Institute he gets to exercise another of his great skills: conducing interviews in front of an audience.

I’ve had the chance to listen to Walter talk on stage with many people over the years at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and always walked away feeling like I’d been challenged and learned something. Now it’s my turn to face his gentlemanly grilling.

Space at the event itself is limited but our conversation will be livestreamed; click here to watch it on Monday. It’ll also be made available online afterward.

I’m really looking forward to this one. If you turn in, I very confident you won’t be disappointed or bored.


The Second Machine Age Comes to DC This Week

by Andrew McAfee on April 10, 2014

Just a quick note to let Washingtonians know about two happenings in their city this week. I find them interesting not because I’m speaking at them, but rather because of the people I’m speaking with.

Tonight from 5:30 to 7 I’m sitting down to talk with Prof. Amitai Etzioni at George Washington University about “the effects of the coming digital revolution;” the event is free and open to the public, and details are here. I’m going to use this opportunity to play interviewer myself and ask Prof. Etzioni how a communitarian thinks about the second machine age and the opportunities and challenges it brings. If you’re geekiness extends to the subjects of technology, policy, economics, and/or political philosophy, I think you’ll enjoy the conversation a lot, especially because it’ll include audience members.

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On Saturday afternoon the IMF, as part of its anniversary celebration, is bringing together an all-star panel to talk about “IMF 70 Years Later: Reflections and Looking Ahead.” The Fund’s managing director Christine Lagarde will participate, as will Madeleine Albright, Peter Ho from Singapore, and my friends Bob Gordon and John Lipsky. Ali Veishi will moderate (I wonder if he’ll try to stoke the ongoing debate about tech progress and innovation I’ve been having with Bob or suppress it).

We’re at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium from 3:45 to 5 on Saturday, and a live webcast will also be available. If you’re nearby please do come; I can promise you an informative, informed, and lively discussion.

As these events show, the conversation in our nation’s capital is starting to include the topic of rapid technological progress and its consequences. I find this very good news…


The Second Machine Age Comes to New York this Friday

March 31, 2014

Just a quick note to let New Yorkers know that the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy is coming to your city this Friday, April 4. MIT Sloan faculty, alums, and other digital movers and shakers will come together from Noon to 7 pm on Friday at the TimesCenter (I haven’t been inside the facility […]

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Event: in New York on Wednesday, March 26

March 25, 2014

Just a quick note to let New Yorkers know that I’ll be in Manhattan tomorrow (Wednesday, March 26) participating in a very worthwhile event: a discussion and reception sponsored by tech industry advocacy group on technology, the middle class, and the American dream. It takes place at AOL headquarters at 770 Broadway. I’m not sure […]

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Non-Technologists Agree: It’s the Technology

March 12, 2014

Two papers came out last year that examined important issues around jobs and wages. Both are in top journals. Both were written by first-rate researchers, none of whom specialize in studying the impact of technology. And both came to the same conclusion: that digital technologies were largely responsible for the phenomena they examined. The first […]

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I Have Glimpsed the Future of Commercial Aviation. There Were Fewer Workers There.

February 26, 2014

Even though it seems Lufthansa has had its ‘Quick Boarding’ gates up and running since 2003, today was the first time I experienced one. In order to board my flight from Munich to Warsaw I scanned the two-dimensional bar code on my boarding pass (which I’d printed out at home). A subway station-style gate opened, […]

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Next Week: The Fray by the Bay

February 14, 2014

Next week I’m heading to Silicon Valley and San Francisco for two events. The advocacy group has to date been focused largely on immigration, but is now taking up issues related to technological progress, innovation and growth, and the economic security of American workers. These are exactly the topics Erik Brynjolfsson and I tackle […]

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The Second Machine Age Book Tour Comes to the East Coast This Week

February 3, 2014

I can’t say for sure that coming to hear me and Erik Brynjolfsson talk about our book The Second Machine Age will bring great things to you and your city, but we did wind up our West Coast tour last week in Seattle. Draw your own conclusions… We start off the week tonight in our hometown […]

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The Second Machine Age Tour Comes to Boston on Monday, February 3

January 30, 2014

Erik B. and I are on the West Coast this week promoting The Second Machine Age, and are coming back home to Boston next Monday. Even if you don’t like our book, books in general, or either of us you should still be interested because we’re sitting down the awesome Meghna Chakrabarti. Twice, in fact. We’ll […]

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What I Learned From Those We Lost in 2013

December 31, 2013

I thought I’d wind up 2013 with a list of lessons I take away from the words and writing of some notable people who died this year. As always, the losses were heavy. But the departed left us with wonderful insights and advice: Stan Musial, on not letting unfairness and mistreatment get to you: “When […]

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