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 FWD.us 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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“The Second Machine Age” Is Out of Our Hands, and Will Soon Be in Yours (I Hope)

December 18, 2013

Erik Brynjolfsson and I found that we weren’t nearly done thinking and writing about technological progress and what it means for businesses, economies, and societies after Race Against the Machine, so we wrote another book. This one’s called The Second Machine Age, because that’s what we believe we’re heading into. The first machine age was brought […]

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At Last, Some Good Employment News

December 11, 2013

The November jobs report from the BLS was the most encouraging in a long time, because all three indicators of employment that I look at headed in the right direction. The employment rate (which is 100-the unemployment rate), the labor force participation rate (the percentage of adults who are in the labor force instead of […]

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Tonight: the First Debate of the Second Machine Age

December 5, 2013

I just learned that I’ll be on PBS NewsHour tonight (Thursday, December 5 at 6 pm EST) talking about technological progress and its economic implications. This is great, because these are exactly the topics I’ve been spending a lot of time on, and the subjects of The Second Machine Age, the book Erik Brynjolfsson and I […]

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I Co-Wrote a Book. You’ll be Hearing About It…

November 27, 2013

Over the past seemingly forever Erik Brynjolfsson and I wrote The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies. Norton is bringing it out in late January of 2014. All authors are contractually obligated to say the following, but that doesn’t make it less true: I’m really excited about this […]

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Big Data Reveal Three Surprising Facts About Chinese Censorship

November 26, 2013

I went to a stellar presentation last week by Gary King, a political scientist at Harvard and director of the school’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He talked about research he’s been conducting with Jennifer Pan and Margaret Roberts about the nature and practice of censorship in China today. This work got started when King’s […]

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