Volcanoes are erupting in The Philippines, but on-fire Australia received some welcome rain. The Iran war cries have been called off and The Donald’s military powers are about to be hamstrung by the Senate. Meanwhile, his impeachment trial is starting, and we’re all on Twitter for a front-row seat.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientist Andrew McAfee studies how modern digital technologies are reshaping our world. He is the co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and is the author, most recently, of More from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources—and What Happens Next, which argues that we have at last learned how to increase human prosperity while treading more lightly on our planet—consuming fewer resources, using less cropland, reducing pollution, and bringing back species we’d pushed to the brink of extinction. How? McAfee identifies two counterintuitive answers: capitalism and technological progress.
McAfee is also the author of two books with Erik Brynjolfsson: Machine | Platform | Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future, and the bestseller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies. He has written for a wide variety of publications, including Foreign Affairs, the Economist, and The New York Times, and is a frequent speaker at global conferences.