Race Against the Machine is a non-fiction book from by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee about the interaction of digital technology, employment and . and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and The Economy. Erik Brynjolfsson. Director, MIT Center for Digital Business. Andrew McAfee. Race Against The Machine. Erik Brynjolfsson. Director, MIT Center of Digital Business All Profits After Tax. Copyright (c) Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee.

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This is an excellent short book about one of the most pressing social problems of our time, namely, the technologically-drive end of work. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Having reviewed these issues I am starting to think the French understand the problem better than Americans. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It is very clearly written with clear points and strong, specific examples. In the authors’ view, one of the main in-egalitarian consequences of digital technological developments is its potentially negative impact on some types of employment, such as routine information processing work.

Their recommendations are associated with improving K education, improving national infrastructure, reducing regulations affecting start-ups, rationalizing immigration policy so we can attract smart emigrants to fill crucial vacant jobs in engineering and science, reform the patent system to stimulate innovation instead of stifling it, reform the tax code to eliminate market distorting subsidies in housing in particularincrease Government funding in basic research, and many other sensible recommendations.

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Race Against The Machine

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In the near future of freestyle chess, we can anticipate that grandmaster mcafre players and stand-alone supercomputers will quit this league. I wasn’t as satisfied with all of their conclusions. The initial chapters attempt to lay out andrrew problem, but only in the most general way. Understand how to ‘race WITH the machines’ and you will be a superstar, as this book explains, or be left in the dust. Overall, a 3-star, it’s a good read though hardly new.


The first is nothing new is added to the argument.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The authors acknowledge that we face a real and potentially worsening “technological unemployment,” but also offer solutions to this problem. I can’t think of anything to recommend it over other books on the subject, such as The Lights in the Tunnel: We can solve this by Set up a giveaway. The book is really a long essay or summary paper but it is a r Another nice short ebook! But digital innovation has also changed how the economic pie is distributed, and here the news is not good for the median worker.

It’s definitely a good thing that smartphones are becoming more powerful and more widely available, but it’s not really a mystery why unemployment is going up if the only means by which people can react to modern changes in their lives is the same limited means they had during the Gilded Age.

Andrew McAfee – Race Against the Machine: The Book and the Blurbs

This observation led the authors to conclude that a drastic shift in the means of production was taking place. Editorial Reviews Review “We’re entering unknown territory in erio quest to reduce labor costs.

But these prescriptions were only allowable in that they fit with the authors’ general prescription of more competition, technological literacy, and deregulation. It explains with numerous data-points the correlation over years, of technological innovation, and economic well-being to labour.

Marshalling an impressive array of data, the authors discuss where and how IT is contributing to our unemployment crisis and increasingly uneven wealth distribution. Though the author’s analysis stops short of this, being primarily concerned with the coming transitional decades. Our economic system needs to be designed in a way that integrates people and machines in the production system.


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Paul Krugman’s viewa general stagnation in technological progress cf. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The author gave us some insights and some suggestions. But they didn’t, so one star. I’ll bullet-point the logic of the first 3 chapters: Because the speed in the advances of technology have nothing to do with unemployment. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I even still agree with some of the authors’ policy proposals today e. Return to Book Page.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. This book qnd important fodder for all those in the digital technology world, as well as educators, labor leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Having explained the threat of such a future, in the fourth chapter, Erik I find his surname tedious to spell each time, that’s why first name basis offers some recommendations to “race against the machine” summarized in 19 specific steps – few are good but already known while few are debatable including the most popular opinion – redistribute income to those who have been hurt. Indeed, any time series graph of worldwide economic growth, GDP per capita, population growth will typically show the exact same pattern.

There are also several excellent quotes peppered throughout from historical figures like Franklin Roosevelt and present-day economists. Funny that this book is just pages, but it contains very intensive information that you would feel you read someone’s review from another books of pages. Surprisingly, a whole lot!