Winners And Losers In The Digital Economy

Technology Change Accelerates In The Next 10 Years

Brynjolfsson cited two cases to illustrate how quickly technology is advancing. One is Google's self-driving car technology, which the MIT professor recently experienced in a drive down Highway 101 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The other is IBM's Watson computer (pictured) that defeated longtime Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings in a famous man vs. machine competition.

The Google technology could make obsolete thousands of jobs, from cab drivers to long-haul truckers. And Brynjolfsson said the Watson technology is being applied to call centers, financial processing tasks and even medical diagnostics -- jobs that once only people could do.

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