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Debate: Erik Brynjolfsson and Robert J. Gordon at TED2013

Debate: Erik Brynjolfsson and Robert J. Gordon at TED2013

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TED Curator Chris Anderson opened this morning’s first session, Progress Enigma, with a provocative question: What is the future of work? He asked the audience: According to your worldview, is the growth of innovation accelerating? Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority of the audience answered yes. But is the answer so simple? Economist Robert J. Gordon []

Is growth over? Robert J. Gordon at TED2013

Is growth over? Robert J. Gordon at TED2013

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Could US economic growth be over? That’s the provocative question that economist Robert J. Gordon begins with. And it’s a big question. He points to travel: In 1900 travel was via the open buggy, at 1% the speed of sound. Sixty years later we travelled at 80% of the speed of sound in a Boeing []

Progress Enigma: The speakers in Session 1 of TED2013

Progress Enigma: The speakers in Session 1 of TED2013

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As we assembled TED2013′s lineup of speakers from around the world, talked with the TED brain trust, and listened to online conversations, one theme emerged: What is the future of work? Technology and new business practices are, in many ways, putting an end to the classic “good job,” the kind that millions of people once []