McAfee, Vaitheeswaran, and Cowen ask whether the US is innovative. Andrew McAfee, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Tyler Cowen are in conversation."
Dr. Tyler Cowen
Tyler Cowen is the Holbert C. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is the author of numerous books, including The New York Times best-selling The Great Stagnation and his most recent book An Economist Gets Lunch. He writes frequently for many publications including the Sunday Business section of The New York Times. The Economist magazine recently named him one of the most influential economists over the last decade, and in 2011, Bloomberg BusinessWeek dubbed him “America’s hottest economist.” Foreign Policy magazine named him one of its 100 Global Thinkers. The Wall Street Journal called Cowen’s Marginal Revolution the best economics blog in the world.
Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist at MIT and cofounder of the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In his new best seller, The Second Machine Age, McAfee and coauthor Erik Brynjolfsson warn that we’re entering a wildly new era in human history. When the Industrial Revolution replaced manual labor with machines, people were still needed to run things; only a decade ago, pundits were telling us to become “knowledge workers” for job security. But with digital technology, the machines have now begun to take over those roles as well. This “second machine age” will change business and society in ways we can hardly imagine today. McAfee has written for Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. His previous books include Enterprise 2.0 and Race Against the Machine.
Andrew Ross Sorkin
Andrew Ross Sorkin is co-anchor of "Squawk Box," CNBC's signature morning program. Sorkin is also a financial columnist for The New York Times and the editor-at-large of DealBook, a news site he founded that is published by The Times.
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance editor. Kirkus Reviews has called Need, Speed, and Greed, Vaitheeswaran’s new book on global innovation, “the perfect primer for the postindustrial age.” He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations and advisor to the World Economic Forum. His commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, and in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.