The Second Machine Age – by Brynjolfsson & McAfee


  • Where we are
    • We’re living in a time of astonishing progress with digital technologies
    • The transformations brought about by digital technology will be profoundly beneficial ones
    • Digitization is going to bring with it some thorny challenges. (Similar to how the Industrial revolution accompanied soot-filled London skies and horrific exploitation of child labor)
  • “The main lesson… is that the hard problems are easy and the easy problems are hard… As the new generation of intelligent devices appears, it will be the stock analysts and petrochemical engineers and parole board members who are in danger of being replaced by machines. The gardeners, receptionists, and cooks are secure in their jobs for decades to come” – cognitive scientist Steven Pinker
  • “To invent something is to find it in what previously exists” – Brian Arthur
  • “It is your mind that matters economically, as much or more than your mouth or hands. In the long run, the most important economic effect of population size and growth is the contribution of additional people to our stock of useful knowledge. And this contribution is large enough in the long run to overcome all the costs of population growth.” -0 economist Julian Simon
  • “We believe that employers now and for some time to come will, when looking for talent, follow the advice attributed to the Enlightenment sage Voltaire: “Judge a man by his questions, not his answers.”” 
  • “We will soon create intelligences greater than our own… When this happens, human history will have reached a kind of singularity, an intellectual transition as impenetrable as the knotted space-time at the center of a black hole, and the world will pass far beyond our understanding” – science-fiction author Vernor Vinge




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