ABAW Challenge – The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

Last week I started a challenge, which I call ABAW Challenge (A book a Week) to motivate myself to read a book every week. It was a serious challenge for me, because my hectic work schedule left me little time to focus on anything else. Interestingly, it is the difficulty level which inspired me to go ahead and attempt this almost impossible mission.

The book I picked last week was The Second Machine Age written by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee.

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

“The Second Machine Age” is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post Bestseller!

I decided to buy an Audible version of the book so that I can listen to it. This allowed me to efficiently use my time for this project, when a normal reading was naturally not possible: such as when driving. The audio recording of the book was 8 hours and 50 minutes and I was able to complete it within a week.

The audible version of the book was narrated by Jeff Cummings and I must say that I loved narration.

Even thought the whole exercise looked like a challenge when I started with this, the journey quickly became very enjoyable and exciting. I did not want to write about this until I was sure that I can continue this exercise for quite some time.

I am a great fan of the industrial revolution, which the authors of the book call ‘First Machine Age’. Years ago, I had read several books on industrial revolution and its history, progress and explosion, watched many movies, documentaries and videos; including the famous Charlie Chaplin Movie Modern Times. Some of the remarks in this book about the first machine age reminded me about all those and it indeed multiplied the fun!

This book is a very interesting read, not only for technology professionals, but also for anyone having an interest in science, technology and computers.