Week ending July 11, 2014
Brynjolfsson, Erik & Andrew McAfee. The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies. 8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781480577480. $62.97; 8 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; digital download. BUS
Contending that technology is forcing the economy, people, and employers to reinvent themselves, Brynjolfsson and McAfee (coauthors, Race Against the Machine) merge economics with technology, review technology’s development (e.g., Google’s autonomous cars), discuss the economic effects of technology on society, and offer survival strategies such as overhauling education, training, and social and economic policies for the future economy and pairing human integrity with computers’ processing power. Jeff Cummings’s nicely paced reading holds listeners’ attention.
Verdict An optimistic and thought-provoking title for the generalist interested in economics, business, and technology.—Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX