Search Results

Advanced Search

1 to 2 of 2 results

Sort by:

Filter by:


Article Types


The Robots Are Coming

John Lanchester, 5 March 2015

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies 
by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee.
Norton, 306 pp., £17.99, January 2014, 978 0 393 23935 5
Show More
Average Is Over: Powering America beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation 
by Tyler Cowen.
Plume, 290 pp., £12.99, September 2014, 978 0 14 218111 9
Show More
Show More
... that they would go on doing so ‘for at least ten years’. That might sound mild, but it was, as Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee point out in their fascinating book, The Second Machine Age, actually a very bold statement, since it implied that by 1975, computer chips would be five hundred times more powerful for the same price. ‘Integrated ...

Llamas, Pizzas, Mandolins

Paul Taylor: AI Doomerism, 21 March 2024

The Coming Wave: Technology, Power and the 21st Century’s Greatest Dilemma 
by Mustafa Suleyman with Michael Bhaskar.
Bodley Head, 332 pp., £25, September 2023, 978 1 84792 948 8
Show More
The Worlds I See: Curiosity, Exploration and Discovery at the Dawn of AI 
by Fei-Fei Li.
Flatiron, 322 pp., £25.99, December 2023, 978 1 250 89793 0
Show More
Show More
... and generating new economic activity, or used to automate that work, making workers redundant. Erik Brynjolfsson, an economist Li lured to Stanford, calls a preference for automation the ‘Turing Trap’ and notes that automation leads to short-term benefits for business leaders and is perversely incentivised by governments that tax labour at higher ...

Read anywhere with the London Review of Books app, available now from the App Store for Apple devices, Google Play for Android devices and Amazon for your Kindle Fire.

Sign up to our newsletter

For highlights from the latest issue, our archive and the blog, as well as news, events and exclusive promotions.

Newsletter Preferences