EppsNet Archive: Erik Brynjolfsson

From Science Fiction to Everyday Life in Just a Few Years

25 May 2012 /

This is the world we live in now. It’s one where computers improve so quickly that their capabilities pass from the realm of science fiction into the everyday world not over the course of a human lifetime, or even within the span of a professional’s career, but instead in just a few years.

— Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, Race Against The Machine

Race Against the Machine

19 Nov 2011 /

We don’t believe in the coming obsolescence of all human workers. In fact, some human skills are more valuable than ever, even in an age of incredibly powerful and capable digital technologies. But other skills have become worthless, and people who hold the wrong ones now find that they have little to offer employers. They’re losing the race against the machine, a fact reflected in today’s employment statistics. . . .

There is no economic law that says that everyone, or even most people, automatically benefit from technological progress.

— Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, Race Against The Machine