The Great Decoupling: An Interview with Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

April 18, 2017


Technological progress makes the world better but also brings new challenges, say Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, faculty members at the MIT Sloan School of Management, who have studied the impact of technology on economies for years. Their most recent book, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, took an upbeat view of the high-tech future. But since its 2014 publication, the two academics have been grappling with a problem whose dimensions surprise even them: why digital innovations are contributing to the stagnation in average incomes in the United States and to the disappearance of so many middle-level jobs.

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