Machine Intelligence and its impact on our economy is the focus of Andrew McAfee's new book The Second Machine Age
, which he discusses in this video.
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So 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.
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