“If I Had a Hammer” – Another provocative column from Thomas L. Friedman

January 11, 2014 New York Times

My favorite story in Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee’s fascinating new book, “The Second Machine Age,” is when the Dutch chess grandmaster Jan Hein Donner was asked how he’d prepare for a chess match against a computer, like I.B.M.’s Deep Blue. Donner replied: “I would bring a hammer.”

Donner isn’t alone in fantasizing that he’d like to smash some recent advances in software and automation – think self-driving cars, robotic factories and artificially intelligent reservationists – which are not only replacing blue-collar jobs at a faster rate, but now also white-collar skills, even grandmasters!

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