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The Second Machine Age is the book for anyone who wants to thrive in it. But they argue that creating the bounty depends on finding ways to race with the machine 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. 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. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University. Anyone who wants to understand how amazing new technologies are transforming our economy should start here.

Read The Second Machine Age if you want to prepare yourself and your children for the world of work ahead. The Second Machine Age is the essential guide to how and why that success will, or will not, be achieved.

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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! Christensen, Kim B. And they provide sound policy prescriptions. Their book could also have been titled Exponential Economics —it is a must-read. Along the way, they describe how these technological wonders came to be, why they are important, and where they are headed.

Jaspers calls this age "a deep breath bringing the most lucid consciousness" and holds that its philosophers brought transformative schools of thought to three major civilizations: Indian, Chinese, and European. Each has influenced the lives and ideals of hundreds of millions of people. Debate rages about precisely when, where, and how writing was invented, but a safe estimate puts it in Mesopotamia around 3, BCE.

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Written symbols to facilitate counting also existed then, but they did not include the concept of zero, as basic as that seems to us now. The modern numbering system, which we call Arabic, arrived around CE. The Athenians began to practice democracy around BCE. The Black Death reduced Europe's population by at least 30 percent during the latter half of the s.

Columbus sailed the ocean blue in , beginning interactions between the New World and the Old that would transform both. The History of Humanity in One Graph How can we ever get clarity about which of these developments is the most important? All of the candidates listed above have passionate advocates-people who argue forcefully and persuasively for one development's sovereignty over all the others. Many anthropologists and other social scientists say it is not. Morris disagrees, and his book boldly attempts to quantify human development.

As he writes, "reducing the ocean of facts to simple numerical scores has drawbacks but it also has the one great merit of forcing everyone to confront the same evidence-with surprising results. Morris has done thoughtful and careful work to quantify what he terms social development "a group's ability to master its physical and intellectual environment to get things done" over time. In fact, they're astonishing. They show that none of the developments discussed so far has mattered very much, at least in comparison to something else-something that bent the curve of human history like nothing before or since.

Here's the graph, with total worldwide human population graphed over time along with social development; as you can see, the two lines are nearly identical: For many thousands of years, humanity was a very gradual upward trajectory. Progress was achingly slow, almost invisible.

Animals and farms, wars and empires, philosophies and religions all failed to exert much influence.

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But just over two hundred years ago, something sudden and profound arrived and bent the curve of human history-of population and social development-almost ninety degrees. Engines of Progress By now you've probably guessed what it was.

This is a book about the impact of technology, after all, so it's a safe bet that we're opening it this way in order to demonstrate how important technology has been. And the sudden change in the graph in the late eighteenth century corresponds to a development we've heard a lot about: So you've most likely figured out that these technological developments underlie the sudden, sharp, and sustained jump in human progress.

If so, your guess is exactly right. And we can be even more precise about which technology was most important. It was the steam engine or, to be more precise, one developed and improved by James Watt and his colleagues in the second half of the eighteenth century.

Prior to Watt, steam engines were highly inefficient, harnessing only about one percent of the energy released by burning coal. Watt's brilliant tinkering between and increased this more than threefold. More than anything else, it allowed us to overcome the limitations of muscle power, human and animal, and generate massive amounts of useful energy at will. This led to factories and mass production, to railways and mass transportation. It led, in other words, to modern life.

The Industrial Revolution ushered in humanity's first machine age-the first time our progress was driven primarily by technological innovation-and it was the most profound time of transformation our world has ever seen. The Industrial Revolution.

Now comes the second machine age. Computers and other digital advances are doing for mental power-the ability to use our brains to understand and shape our environments-what the steam engine and its descendants did for muscle power. They're allowing us to blow past previous limitations and taking us into new territory.

How exactly this transition will play out remains unknown, but whether or not the new machine age bends the curve as dramatically as Watt's steam engine, it is a very big deal indeed. This book explains how and why. For now, a very short and simple answer: So a vast and unprecedented boost to mental power should be a great boost to humanity, just as the ealier boost to physical power so clearly was.

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Playing Catch-Up We wrote this book because we got confused. For years we have studied the impact of digital technologies like computers, software, and communications networks, and we thought we had a decent understanding of their capabilities and limitations.

But over the past few years, they started surprising us. Computers started diagnosing diseases, listening and speaking to us, and writing high-quality prose, while robots started scurrying around warehouses and driving cars with minimal or no guidance. Digital technologies had been laughably bad at a lot of these things for a long time-then they suddenly got very good.

How did this happen?

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And what were the implications of this progress, which was astonishing and yet came to be considered a matter of course? We decided to team up and see if we could answer these questions.

We did the normal things business academics do: This was necessary and valuable, but the real learning, and the real fun, started when we went out into the world. We spoke with inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, and many others who make technology and put it to work. Thanks to their openness and generosity, we had some futuristic experiences in today's incredible environment of digital innovation.

We've ridden in a driverless car, watched a computer beat teams of Harvard and MIT students in a game of Jeopardy!

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Where We Are This work led us to three broad conclusions. The first is that we're living in a time of astonishing progress with digital technologies-those that have computer hardware, software, and networks at their core. These technologies are not brand-new; businesses have been buying computers for more than half a century, and Time magazine declared the personal computer its "Machine of the Year" in But just as it took generations to improve the steam engine to the point that it could power the Industrial Revolution, it's also taken time to refine our digital engines.

We'll show why and how the full force of these technologies has recently been achieved and give examples of its power. By "full force," we mean simply that the key building blocks are already in place for digital technologies to be as important and transformational to society and the economy as the steam engine. In short, we're at an inflection point-a point where the curve starts to bend a lot-because of computers.

We are entering a second machine age. Our second conclusion is that the transformations brought about by digital technology will be profoundly beneficial ones. We're heading into an era that won't just be different; it will be better, because we'll be able to increase both the variety and the volume of our consumption.

When we phrase it that way-in the dry vocabulary of economics-it almost sounds unappealing. Who wants to consume more and more all the time?