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The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Transportation

Friday, September 18, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Andrew McAfee, PhD

Principal Research Scientist and Co-Founder of the Initiative on the Digital Economy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Co-Author of The Second Machine Age    

 U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
With a special video introduction by
Anthony Foxx
U.S. Transportation Secretary

U.S. DOT Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Gregory Winfree.Welcome by
Gregory D. Winfree
Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
U.S. Department of Transportation

    
Autonomous cars, hacked vehicles, drone deliveries; we're seeing things on the ground today that we weren't even seeing in science fiction films a decade ago. Where are these developments taking us, and how quickly? Which aspects should be encouraged, and which controlled?

In this session, Dr. Andrew McAfee discussed the rapidly shifting technology landscape, and its implications.

This event kicked off Volpe’s newest thought leadership series, Beyond Traffic 2045: Reimagining Transportation. This series will inform the ongoing national dialogue on Beyond Traffic 2045, U.S. DOT’s 30-year framework for the future.

About the Speaker

Andrew McAfee.Dr. Andrew McAfee, a principal research scientist at MIT and co-founder of its Initiative on the Digital Economy, studies how computer technologies are changing business, the economy, and society.

His 2014 book on these topics, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (co-authored with Erik Brynjolfsson), has been both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal top 10 bestseller. He writes academic papers, two blogs, and articles for publications including Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, and The New York Times. He's talked about his work on The Charlie Rose Show and 60 Minutes, at TED and the Aspen Ideas Festival, with Tom Friedman, and in front of many other global and domestic audiences.

Dr. McAfee was educated at Harvard and MIT. He lives in Cambridge, watches too much Red Sox baseball, doesn't ride his motorcycle enough, and starts his weekends with the New York Times Saturday crossword.

The views of the lecturer do not necessarily reflect those of U.S. DOT.

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