The Second Machine Age: The Book and the Blurbs

2MA, by Brynjolfsson and McAfee

A terrific book.  Brynjolfsson and McAfee combine their knowledge of rapidly evolving digital technologies and relevant economics to give us a colorful and accessible picture of dynamic forces that are shaping our lives, our work, and our economies. For those who want to learn to “Race with the Machines,” their book is a great place to start.”—Michael Spence, Winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

“How we build, use, and live with our digital creations will define our success as a civilization in the 21st century. 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, 13th World Chess Champion

Erik and Andy have lived on the cutting edge and now, with this book, they are taking us there with them.  A brilliant look at the future that technology is bringing to our economic and social life. 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

The Second Machine Age offers important insights into how digital technologies are transforming our economy, a process that has only just begun. Erik and Andrew’s thesis: As massive technological innovation radically reshapes our world, we need to develop new business models, new technologies, and new policies that amplify our human capabilities, so every person can stay economically viable in an age of increasing automation.  I couldn’t agree more.—Reid Hoffman, co-founder/chairman of LinkedIn and co-author of the #1 NYT bestseller The Start-up of You

Although a few others have tried, The Second Machine Age 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 at the Harvard Business School and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma

“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

“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

“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 

“Brynjolfsson and McAfee take us on a whirlwind tour of innovators and innovations around the world.  But this isn’t just casual site seeing. 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

“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 that 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

“New technologies may bring about our economic salvation or they may threaten our very livelihoods…or they may do both. Brynjolfsson and McAfee have written an important book on the technology-driven opportunities and challenges we all face in the next decade. Anyone that 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

“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. In the near future, the best job to have will be the one you would do for free.”  –Nicholas Negroponte, Co-Founder of the MIT Media Lab, Founder of One Laptop per Child, and author of Being Digital

The Second Machine Age helps us all better understand the new age we are entering, an age in which by working with the machine we can unleash the full power of human ingenuity.  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, co-author of The Power of Pull and A New Culture of Learning

“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