How are digital technologies transforming our world?World-renowned digital business expert
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Will Technology Save Us?
In 2016, the match of the century unfolded as AlphaGo, an AI developed by Google’s DeepMind, challenged Lee Se-dol, a professional Go player, in a match. The result was a 4-1 victory for AlphaGo. After the match, Lee, one of the world’s best players at 9-dan ranking, expressed his astonishment, saying he found AlphaGo’s moves completely unpredictable. AlphaGo dominated the game with innovative moves that no human professional player would have made. Six years have passed, and now AIs can paint following human instructions, creating detailed and exceptional artwork in a short amount of time. Meanwhile, in the US and Japan, AIs have written novels that have been released to the public and are actually being sold. A novel written by a Japanese AI even passed the preliminary round in a literary contest, advancing to the final round.
Machines are gradually taking over work previously peformed only by humans. While it is undeniable that advancements in science and technology have made life more convenient for humankind, it also fills us with anxiety. Will robots eventually replace us in our jobs and render us obsolete? Andrew McAfee uses historic facts and concrete data to illustrate in detail how technology, particularly digital technology, has transformed and will continue to reshape our society. So, will technology ultimately save us? We envision the future of humanity with Andrew McAfee.
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Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business Former associate professor at Harvard Business School Former fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School One of Thinkers 50’s world’s top management thinkers One of the Politico 50’s group of people transforming American politics
Andrew McAfee is a world-renowned expert in digital business. He currently serves as a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Business and Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business. McAfee has extensively researched how science and technology transform the economy and society, leading to his inclusion in the Thinkers 50 list of the world's top management thinkers four times since 2015.
His 2014 book, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, became a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. He is also the author such influential works as Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization's Toughest Challenges; Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future; Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation; and More from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources — and What Happens Next. These works have been translated and published in 15 languages, garnering widespread acclaim from readers worldwide. Through lectures and writing, McAfee offers guidance on how to respond wisely to advancements in digital technology.
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