Video ► Andrew McAfee: This is the warm-up act

Video ► Andrew McAfee: This is the warm-up act
The wannabe innovator against the status quo

Tech progress is changing the world in profound ways and letting us do more with less. Industries from communications to education to health care are being transformed, and technological barriers are falling.

Acclaimed MIT Professor Andrew McAfee feels fortunate to have a front row seat to watch the “next industrial revolution unfold”. As principal research scientist, the self-described “wannabe innovator” investigates how information technology affects businesses and society – addressing how computerisation affects competition, the workforce and the economy.

“Innovators are all about shaking up the status quo and they take us into a different future. I have so much faith in human ingenuity and human good nature. For the past 20 years, there has been this amazing surge in technology. I think it’s the warm-up act. I think the really exciting stuff is still to come.”

Watch ► We ask Andrew to predict big things.

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McAfee also writes a widely read blog, which is at times one of the 10,000 most popular in the world. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles, case studies and other materials for students and teachers of technology.  His 2014 book, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (co-authored with Erik Brynjolfsson) was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Financial Times / McKinsey business book of the year award. He is the co-founder of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy.

'Machine Platform Crowd' is McAfee's latest book

McAfee and Byrnjolfsson’s latest book

Video produced by Atlas of the Future for Project Breakthrough (United Nations Global Compact/ Volans). Check out our other breakthrough videos here.

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