The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

High-functioning robots, self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence, and many other astonishing technologies have — in the past few years — moved from science fiction into the mainstream economy. What will happen next? And what will these advances mean for job prospects, wages, and well-being, both in the US and around the world? MIT’s Andrew McAfee, coauthor of the 2014 bestseller "The Second Machine Age", will take on these questions. Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professions of all kinds — from lawyers to truck drivers — will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. Recent economic indicators reflect this shift: Fewer people are working and wages are falling even as productivity and profits soar. Andrew McAfee

Speakers: Andrew McAfee
Festival: 2014

Watch and Listen: Technology

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