*A full executive summary of this book is available at newbooksinbrief dot com.
The main argument: In the first machine age--otherwise known as the Industrial Revolution--we humans managed to build technologies that allowed us to overcome the limitations of muscle power like never before. The result, which has reverberated these past 200 years, has been an increase in economic productivity unprecedented in human history. And the corollary of this increase in productive power has been an increase in material standard of living and social development equally as unprecedented.
In the past 30 years, with the rise of computers and other digital technologies, we have moved from overcoming our physical limitations, to overcoming our mental ones. This is the second machine age. Though we are still at the dawn of the second machine age, it already shows at least as much promise in boosting productivity (and quality of life) as the first. Indeed, by various measures--including the standard ones of GDP and corporate profits--we can see that the past 30 years has witnessed an impressive steepening in productivity.
And this is just the beginning. For digital technology continues to advance at an exponential pace; more digital information is being produced (and kept) all the time (all of which has enormous economic potential); and new ways of combining existing (and new) ideas into newer and better ones are ever being found.
Still, what is equally apparent is that the benefits of this steepening in productivity have gone to the few, rather than the many.Lire la suite ›
Le propos est très clair, le discours pédagogique mais pas simpliste. Pour ceux qui veulent comprendre et décrypter finement les enjeux de cette nouvelle ère numérique, cet ouvrage est vraiment une lecture incontournable.
Dieses Buch ist sehr gut recherchiert und liefert mannigfaltige Denkanstöße. Die Menschheit ist mehr denn je gefordert, über ihre Werte nachzudenken, denn nur sie sind der Kompass im sich rasant entwickelnden digitalen Zeitalter.