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Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee 

When: Mon., Jan. 27, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 2014
There’s a lot to be anxious about right now, at least as far as global economic macro-trends go: globalization, overpopulation, economic devastation, stagnation, various other -ations that typically send chills up the spines of people like Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, both MIT research scientists with impressively long CVs. But Brynjolfsson and McAfee aren’t particularly interested in anxiety with their new book The Second Machine Age — the opposite, in fact: They argue (convincingly) that technological advancement won’t threaten human prosperity, but rather spur it on, largely by making us more efficient, and the products we consume considerably better and cheaper than they ever have been. It’s a refreshing thesis; hear them make it at the Hillside Club (2286 Cedar St., Berkeley) as part of a discussion hosted by KPFA’s Brian Edwards-Tiekert.
— Ellen Cushing


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