The Second Machine Age is for anyone trying to understand how technology is transforming business and society.
The Second Machine Age is a book which technophobes and geeks should both read and enjoy, because it examines and explains the changes that massively networked computers and robotics are making to societies. Eric BrynJolfsson is a Professor of Management Science and Information Technology and Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management, while Andrew McAfee is the associate director of the School. The authors begin by disputing the idea put forward by some people that we have reached a plateau of technological innovation and cannot expect new innovation to provide the kind of growth that technologies such as steam and electricity did in the 19th century and 20th centuries. They argue that to the contrary we are on the brink of a new wave of innovation as advances in computing power, network speeds and robotics are converging to make new things possible which we could not imagine a few years ago..