Videos with Andrew McAfee
Machine Intelligence in The Second Machine Age
Author: Andrew McAfee, James Kirk (yBC.tv)Categories: Artificial Intelligence, blowing industries apart, Digital Trends
Tags: Erik Brynjolfsson, The Second Machine Age
Machine Intelligence - Book PreviewSo our next book, ‘The Second Machine Age’, is coming out in January 2014, it’s written with Erik Brynjolfsson and what we’re trying to do is lay out the case for why we should be profoundly optimistic, but not utopian about our next chapter of economic history, which is a chapter driven by astonishing progress in digital technologies. So we’re talking about this world where already we’ve got computers that can be the world’s best quiz show players, cars that drive themselves, printers that print out mechanical parts, these are not the crowning achievements of the digital age, these are the warm up acts and what’s coming is literally going to stagger our imaginations. So what I mean by optimistic but not utopian is that we’re creating a world of ridiculous bounty of abundance, a world where there is going to be more wealth with less work, this is the dream of humanity, we are creating it now. But not utopian means that we need to be mindful of some challenges that are going to come up in this world that we’re creating. As we see it the challenges, the most important ones to keep our eyes on, have to do with the ability of people to earn a living in a world where digital technologies and digital labour can do so much. So we need to be mindful of the challenges, but primarily we should be looking forward to the world that technology is helping us create, it’s going to be a different and a better world than what we have now. The Connected Economy channel has more expert insight from Andrew McAfee and will continue to delve into discussions about machine intelligence.
Technology revolution among consumers
Author: Andrew McAfee, James Kirk (yBC.tv)Categories: Business Strategy, IT Strategy, Marketing Strategy
Embracing the technology revolution is vital to survivalWell if you’re ignoring the technology revolution among your consumers you’re clearly just missing the boat, in a very broad and deep way. It’s clear that we’re plugged in too much at the time, we’re staring at screens, that we’re getting a lot of our signals from our peers, from strangers over the net via review sites and judgement sites and relying less on the old guard for helping us figure out what our next purchases should be and how we should be shaping our behaviour. Any company that’s not part of that by now is already losing ground very quickly and that’s only going to accelerate. It’s striking to me how the old world of relying for example on restaurant critics and how many stars the hotel has, as given by the hoteliers body, that’s in the rear view mirror now, we just go to Yelp and Trip Advisor and look around. I can’t remember I looked at the official rating for a hotel that I was going to stay at, I find these things meaningless now. Look out for more videos about the technology revolution on Connected Economy TV.
Innovative technology overcomes human limits
Author: Andrew McAfee, James Kirk (yBC.tv)Categories: Artificial Intelligence, connection revolution, Digital Trends
Innovative technology is a "huge deal for humanity"Well if you take a geek approach to human history you start to graph it, because geeks love numbers, they love quantifying things. So a geeky approach to human history would be one where you start graphing over a time things like how many people there are, total population, or some metric about how advanced our civilisations are. Now it turns out people have come up with those, so you can graph those numbers as well. Those two curves look exactly the same, either the population curve or the social development curve, what’s really weird about them is that they are totally flat throughout almost all of human history and then at one point in time they bend almost 90 degrees and they go from basically horizontal to basically vertical and that point in time was the industrial revolution. So in other words all the other revolutions that we’ve had, revolutions and philosophy in religion and how we approach the world, the opening up of the world via trade, lots of things have happened over the course of history. If you take this kind of geeky approach to graphing the course of humanity you come to the conclusion none of those things have mattered very much and what did matter was overcoming the limitations of our muscles, of muscle power, via the industrial revolution. What we’re doing now with the computer revolution is overcoming the limitations of our individual minds or our brains, to at least the same extent as we overcame the limitations of our muscles with the industrial revolution. So the simple question is, how could this not be a huge, huge deal for humanity? Connected Economy TV has further expert discussion about innovative technology - Look out for more from Andrew McAfee
Technological advancements and racing with the machines
Author: Andrew McAfee, James Kirk (yBC.tv)Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Digital Trends, IT Strategy
Tags: Deep Blue, Gary Kasparov, IBM