Andy’s book, The Second Machine Age:Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, which explores the business and social implications of the digital age, was named a finalist for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.
Are the days of innovation in a past century, or still ahead of us? Andy discusses the future of innovation in a recent appearance on CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria
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Andrew McAfee is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies how computer technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His 2014 book on these topics, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, has won several prestigious awards and has been both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal top ten bestseller. His newest book, Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future, published June 2017, offers an executive’s guide to succeeding during this turbulent era when technologies are hurtling forward at such a startling pace.
Andy writes popular blogs, academic papers, and articles for publications including Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, and The New York Times. He’s talked about his work on CNN and 60 Minutes, at the World Economic Forum, TED and the Aspen Ideas Festival, with Tom Friedman, Charlie Rose, and Fareed Zakaria, and in front of innumerable global and domestic audiences.
Andrew was educated at Harvard and MIT. He lives in Cambridge, watches too much Red Sox baseball, doesn’t ride his motorcycle enough, and starts his weekends with the NYT Saturday crossword.
Business Advice We Shouldn’t Believe Anymore
In this lively and wide-ranging talk, Dr. McAfee will convey the key ideas of Machine | Platform | Crowd, the 2017 book, written with Erik Brynjolfsson, that The Economist called “an astute romp through important digital trends.” Bringing together cutting-edge research and recent examples spanning everything from genomics to investing to group exercise to playing Go, this talk shows audiences how the business world is being quickly reshaped by technological progress, and how they can harness the forces of disruption instead of being overwhelmed by them.
Why We’re Still Underestimating Artificial Intelligence
In this provocative talk, Dr. McAfee will describe an unexpected phenomenon, and one with profound consequences: for many tasks artificial intelligence technologies not only perform better than us; they also perform differently. They clearly don’t reason the same way we do, which means they are not limited by our knowledge, or constrained by our ways of looking at the world and making progress on difficult challenges. Using examples from games like Go, chess, and poker, and also real-world situations like controlling industrial facilities and tweaking the genomes of microbes, this talk will show how machines are rapidly opening up new territory.