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World Thinkers 2014 Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

Economists, US

By Prospect Team  

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee’s The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (WW Norton) has become one of the most talked-about books of the year. McAfee and Brynjolfsson, who are professors of economics at MIT, argue that technology is at an “inflection point” and that, as technology makes a great leap forward, we are about to see its profound consequences on every aspect of human life.

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