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Erik Brynjolfsson is an American academic. He is a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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System Error
Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot
Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami, Jeremy M. Weinstein - 2021-09-07
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Discover a powerful and thought-provoking manifesto co-written by three respected Stanford professors who have been at the forefront of the tech industry. Their book, "System Error," delves into the ways that big tech's fixation on efficiency has resulted in major sacrifices when it comes to human values. But, don't worry - they don't just point out problems without offering solutions. The authors outline actionable steps you can take to help renew democracy and save our society.
Erik Brynjolfsson
If you haven't already read it, here's your chance to read this wonderful book in paperback!      source
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The Society of Mind
Marvin Minsky - 1988-03-15 (first published in 1985)
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Discover how the mind works in this groundbreaking book by one of the fathers of computer science. Marvin Minsky portrays the mind as a "society" of mindless components in an intellectual puzzle that you'll assemble along the way. With each chapter corresponding to a puzzle piece, you'll emerge with a unified theory of the mind. Ingenious, amusing, and easy to read, The Society of Mind is an adventure in imagination.
Erik Brynjolfsson
@bindureddy It's a fun book. One idea per page, building up a "society of ideas"      source
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The Hype Machine
How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy, and Our Health--and How We Must Adapt
Sinan Aral - 2020-09-15
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Discover the impact social media has on our decision-making and our world in "The Hype Machine." MIT professor Sinan Aral, a leading expert on social media, provides critical insights into the technology's effect on politics, economy, and personal health. With two decades of research and business experience, Aral explores how social media influences our choices, covering topics like fake news, social ratings, and the neuroscience of social media on our brains. This lively and engaging masterpiece is a must-read for anyone looking to be a more thoughtful consumer of social media in our ever-changing world.
Erik Brynjolfsson
.@sinanaral is the world leader in research on social media and social contagion. His book is important, relevant and interesting. The more people read it, the better off we’ll all be. #SpreadTheWord      source
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Rebooting AI
Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust
Gary Marcus - 2019-09-10
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Exploring the complexities of AI, two experts in the field reveal the steps needed to achieve truly robust artificial intelligence. Professors Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis argue that the hype surrounding AI does not accurately reflect the intricacies of creating a machine that can rival human intelligence. The achievements in the field thus far have been in closed systems with fixed sets of rules, and a more comprehensive approach is needed to achieve genuine intelligence. Reboot offers a clear-eyed assessment of the current science and an inspiring vision of what we can achieve when we bridge the gap between closed and open-ended systems.
Erik Brynjolfsson
And if you can’t come to the talk, read the book: @GaryMarcus #AI      source
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The Worldly Philosophers
The Lives, Times And Ideas Of The Great Economic Thinkers
Robert L. Heilbroner - 1999-08-10 (first published in 1953)
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Discover the common focus of Adam Smith and Karl Marx's highly varied ideas - the search to understand how a capitalist society works. In The Worldly Philosophers, Robert L. Heilbroner presents a new theme that connects these two great thinkers, providing insight into our past and helping us better understand our uncertain economic present. With a bold new concluding chapter on the limits of economics and a call to action for our future, this updated edition is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the fundamental social and political issues central to economics.
Erik Brynjolfsson
@AndrewWLo @DianeCoyle1859 Great book. I read it in high school and it kind of turned into an economist      source
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AI Superpowers
China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
Kai-fu Lee - 2018-09-25
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Discover how China has rapidly caught up with the US in the development of AI with Kai-Fu Lee's AI Superpowers. Lee, an expert in AI and China, argues that dramatic changes will happen sooner than many expect due to these developments. Lee also explores the impact of AI on both blue-collar and white-collar jobs and provides insight into possible solutions for the significant changes that are coming.
Erik Brynjolfsson
Agree with @Benioff. For more detail, see @kaifulee's book:      source
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Turning Numbers into Knowledge
Mastering the Art of Problem Solving
Jonathan Garo Koomey - 2008-04-28 (first published in 2003)
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Learn how to turn numbers into knowledge with this beginner's guide, perfect for those who want to improve their quantitative analysis skills in work and life. This book bridges general business problem solving and mathematics with real-world examples and tools, making it an ideal training manual for beginning analysts and an excellent refresher for those looking to improve the quality of their data, graphics, and arguments. Updated with revised chapters, new examples, and bonus reading material, this third edition also teaches essential problem-solving skills such as understanding how people use information, recognizing the importance of ideology, learning the art of storytelling, and acknowledging the distinction between facts and values.
Erik Brynjolfsson
Love this book! If more people read "Turning Numbers into Knowledge" by @jgkoomey, we'd all see smarter tweets!      source
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Streaming, Sharing, Stealing
Big Data and the Future of Entertainment (The MIT Press)
Michael D. Smith - 2016-08-05
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This book explores how the success of Netflix's "House of Cards" disrupted the film and TV industries, and how companies like Amazon and Apple are changing the rules in publishing and music. Experts Michael Smith and Rahul Telang discuss product differentiation, pricing, piracy, and adapting to rapid technological disruption. "Streaming, Sharing, Stealing" offers insights into the importance of data, and how entertainment industries must adapt to survive and succeed.
Erik Brynjolfsson
Here's a great book on the future of digital entertainment by Mike Smith and Rahul Telang      source