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Andrew McAfee

Author, researcher and principal research scientist at MIT

Andrew McAfee: Biography highlights

Ranked among the Top 50 thinkers in management and business on the 2021 Thinkers50 list, Andrew McAfee is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies how digital technologies are changing the world.

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Andrew McAfee’s Background

His new book More From Less: How We Finally Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources – and What Happens Next will be published by Scribner in fall of 2019.

His 2014 book The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, coauthored with Erik Brynjolfsson, won several awards and has been both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal top ten bestseller. Another book with Brynjolfsson, Machine | Platform | Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future, published in 2017, offers an executive’s guide to succeeding during this turbulent era. These books have been translated into more than 15 languages, and McAfee and Brynjolfsson are the only people named to both the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top management thinkers and the Politico 50 group of people transforming American politics.

McAfee has written for publications including Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, the Economist, the Wall St. Journal, and The New York Times. He’s talked about his work on CNN and 60 Minutes, at the World Economic Forum, TED, and the Aspen Ideas Festival, with Tom Friedman, Fareed Zakaria, and Tom Ashbrook, and in front of many international and domestic audiences.

McAfee was educated at MIT and Harvard. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, watches too much Red Sox baseball, doesn’t ride his motorcycle enough, and starts his weekends with the NYT Saturday crossword.



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Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University , and author of Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

“Everyone knows we’re doomed by runaway overpopulation, pollution, or resource depletion, whichever comes first. Not only is this view paralyzing and fatalistic, but, as Andrew McAfee shows in this exhilarating book, it’s wrong….More from Less is fascinating, enjoyable to read, and tremendously empowering.”

Steven Pinker
International Monetary Fund

“For many years now, Andrew McAfee has been arguing that the fourth industrial revolution would transform our economies and the quality of our lives. In his new book More from Less he applies his positive approach to the case of our planet, arguing that we have reached a critical tipping point where technology is allowing us to actually reduce our ecological footprint—a truly counterintuitive finding! . . . [This book is] well worth reading even if your first impression, like mine, is: it can’t be true!”

Christine Lagarde
Managing Director
Former Secretary of the United States Treasury and Director of the National Economic Council

“Andrew McAfee’s optimistic and humane book documents a profoundly important and under-appreciated megatrend—the dematerialization of our economy. In a world where there is much to worry about his analytical optimism is very welcome. Anyone who worries about the future will have their fears allayed and hopes raised by reading this important book.”

Lawrence H. Summers
Ford Foundation

“By subverting our common perceptions of capitalism and technology as enemies of progress and environmental preservation, McAfee offers all of us a clear-eyed source of optimism and hope. Critically, he also makes the case for what comes next—offering up vital lessons that have the potential to make the world both more prosperous and more just.”

Darren Walker

“This book is the best kind of surprise. It tells us something about our relationship with our planet that is both unexpected and hopeful. The evidence McAfee presents is convincing: we have at last learned how to tread more lightly on the Earth.”

Eric Schmidt
Former CEO
World Economic Forum

“Andrew McAfee’s new book addresses an urgent need in our world today: defining a framework for addressing big global challenges. His proposals are based on a thorough analysis of the state of the world, combined with a refreshing can-do attitude.”

Klaus Schwab
Founder and Executive Chairman
Cofounder of Linkedin and coauthor of Blitzscaling

“I’ve always believed that technological progress and entrepreneurship make our lives better. Here, Andrew McAfee shows how these powerful forces are helping us make our planet better too, instead of degrading it. For anyone who wants to help create a future that is both sustainable and abundant, this book is essential reading.”

Reid Hoffman

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