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The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies 1st Edition

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- Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times

“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 twenty-first
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, thirteenth 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 lives. 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, cofounder/chairman of LinkedIn and coauthor of the #1 New York Times 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, 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 sightseeing. 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

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About the Author

Erik Brynjolfsson is the director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and Schussel Family Professor of
Management Science at the MIT Sloan School. He is the author of several best-selling books with co-author Andrew McAfee,
and one of the world’s most cited scholars in information systems and economics.

Andrew McAfee is the co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and co-author of the best-selling The
Second Machine Age and Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future. He and co-author Erik Brynjolfsson are
the only people named to both the Thinkers 50 list of the world’s top management thinkers and the Politico 50 group of
people transforming American politics.

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