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Making Sense of a Science Fiction Economy – Andrew McAfee

If you’re like most people, you are keeping an eye on the national and global economy while increasingly enjoying science fiction-like technological advances.  These advances are creating “more wealth with less work.”  But where are the new jobs going to come from?

Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at MIT’s Center for Digital Business, agrees that advances in technology are leaving behind the average US worker.  He brings together data, example, and research to help ensure that every human being benefits from the digital revolution hurling us ahead into the future.  He states that all of the current technological advances are merely a warm-up act for what’s to come.  McAfee cites smartphones that function like a tricorder device, drones, and self-driving cars.  In a recent ride in a fully automated car, McAfee spoke of his intrigue with the technology and then his sense of boredom with the passive ride.  After all, even George Jetson drove his own aerocar in to the office each day!

McAfee studies the ways the information technology affects business, “changing the way companies perform, organize themselves, and compete.”  His work also investigates how computerization of society affects the workforce.  Technology support has risen among the most promising career choices.  

McAfee was previously a professor at Harvard Business School and a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.  He received his Doctorate from Harvard Business School, and completed two Master of Science and two Bachelor of Science degrees at MIT.  McAfee is co-author of Race against the Machine.  The editors of the technical publishing house Ziff-Davis named McAfee on their list of the “100 Most Influential People in IT” in 2008.

McAfee says he views this era “as an amazing, fundamentally optimistic period that we’re entering. No human toil, no drudgery – fantastic.”  He presents strategies to address the challenge of unemployment and increasingly uneven wealth distribution.

A cool researcher, writer, and thinker in business IT, Andrew McAfee is leading the way in bold efforts to make sense of the future of work.   



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