'The Second Machine Age': How Innovation Has Affected The Economy

February 3, 2014

Think back to high school history class. Remember learning about the Industrial Revolution and how the rise of factories, mills and mechanized tools changed manufacturing and the landscape of American jobs? It marked a major turning point in history, and now we’re in the midst of another watershed moment.


  • Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business.  He studies the way information technology affects business and is co-author of the new book “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.”  

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