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Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future

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Publisher's Summary

From the authors of the best-selling The Second Machine Age, a leader's guide to success in a rapidly changing economy.

We live in strange times. A machine plays the strategy game Go better than any human; upstarts like Apple and Google destroy industry stalwarts such as Nokia; ideas from the crowd are repeatedly more innovative than corporate research labs.

MIT's Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson know what it takes to master this digital-powered shift: we must rethink the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms, and of the core and the crowd. In all three cases, the balance now favors the second element of the pair, with massive implications for how we run our companies and live our lives.

In the tradition of agenda-setting classics like Clay Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma, McAfee and Brynjolfsson deliver both a penetrating analysis of a new world and a toolkit for thriving in it. For startups and established businesses, or for anyone interested in what the future holds, Machine, Platform, Crowd is essential listening.

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©2017 Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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    MicroGlyphics Hinsdale, IL, United States 07-17-17
    MicroGlyphics Hinsdale, IL, United States 07-17-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Not as good as Second Machine Age;"

    Still worth a listen. Nice stories and perspectives, but concepts not as novel as Second Machine Age.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Collins Katy, Tx United States 08-11-17
    Dan Collins Katy, Tx United States 08-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Both How AND Why for Techies"

    Being a technology professional I am sometimes frustrated by books that are not technical enough or if they are technical enough, do not consider the social aspect of technology adoption. This book does a remarkable job in dismantling the hype and buzz around these topics and replacing it with an exciting and compelling view of what is and will be soon happening. This book is the best I have read on the topic of crowd and platform and how it is changing the IT landscape. If you are a technology leader you must read this book!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Goldbloom 07-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Tomorrow's dominant companies"
    What made the experience of listening to Machine, Platform, Crowd the most enjoyable?

    We all intuitively know that the business world is being transformed by companies like Amazon and Google. This book shows us the characteristics of those companies that have helped them become so transformative and gives us a sense for the characteristics of companies that are going to dominate the next era of business.


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    Scott Bender 07-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating read"

    Well written, detailed analysis of our current technological and economic situation. Lots of thoughts to consider for current leaders and business owners.

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    Sally 11-07-17
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    "Relative to business leader with aim to the future"

    This is really good outlook on current technology capabilities and it’s potential. Business futurist a must read material.

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    critteresc Washington, D.C. 11-06-17
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    Repetitive and boring. I wouldn't recommend purchasing as the content and concepts does also not seem to age well.

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    California Guy Orinda, CA 10-24-17
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    "Terrific"

    Best overview of what the future of technology holds I have read. I have been looking for a better one, reading probably another five books, but this one is the best. Well written, realistic and thoughtful. Highly recommended.

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    Anonymous 10-11-17
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    "Very insightful, illuminating."

    loved it great narration ..useful for my work...useful for understanding the impact of technology on our lives

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    Scott 10-10-17
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    "prepare for the modern age"

    Narrator was pleasant to listen to. The contents and the subject matter was informative and enlightening. Provided a different view of technologies affect on the market.

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    Anonymous 10-09-17
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    "Interesting take on new trends in business and tec"

    Interesting book. I was already familiar with most concepts but there were a few new insights that made the book worthwhile.

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    "Amazing"

    This book really paints a wonderful picture of where we are and where we are going. Discussing outdated ways of acting and thinking, and offering both sides to all points brought up. Machine, Platform, Crowd is a keenly insightful window into the effects, both current and future, of technology on a personal and macro scale.... all wrapped up in a delightful now of contagious optimism

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    "Very insightful"

    loved the book. I am maybe being a little harsh but I think it lost its way at the end. well read

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