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

About this event


We are at inflection point in our economy.  A wave of exponential, digital and combinatorial new technologies is accelerating innovation, automating many jobs, and fundamentally changing work.  This has created a multi-trillion dollar opportunity for wealth creation, but the benefits are very uneven, with many people and businesses worse off than they were before. In this talk, I will draw on my research work with Andrew McAfee and colleagues at MIT to explain the causes and consequences of these changes, including
·      The recent trends in productivity, profits, investment, GDP and employment;
·      The "Great Decoupling" and what it means for business and labor;
·      The unusual economics of the digitization;
·      The three types of biased technical change and who wins and loses from each; and
·      Implications for individuals, business and society. 


Erik Brynjolfsson is the Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, a Professor at the MIT Sloan School, Chairman of the Sloan Management Review and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His widely cited research examines a variety of aspects of information technology, strategy, productivity, marketing and employment has been recognized with 10 Best Paper prizes and five patents. He teaches a popular MBA courses on the Economics of Information and an executive program on Big Data.  His talk for the opening session of TED 2013 laid out an optimistic vision for the future of economic growth.

Prof. Brynjolfsson is a director or advisor for several technology-intensive firms and lectures worldwide on technology and strategy. His books include New York Times Bestseller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a time of Brilliant Technologies, co-authored with Andrew McAfee. He received AB and SM degrees from Harvard and a PhD from MIT. You can keep up with his research via his website: http://digital.mit.edu/erik or Twitter: @erikbryn.


The Webinar will be held from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern Time on Monday May 12, 2014.

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