thinkers50 ranked thinkers


Launched into the thought leadership stratosphere in 2014 with The Second Machine Age, their work contiunes to provide a road-map for success in a digital economy.

01. ranked thinkers

Ranked #8 in 2019.

Previous positions:
#12 (2017) and #26 (2015).


02. Award winners

Winners of the Thinkers50 2015 Digital Thinking Award.


“It’s those businesses that upgrade their human capital that will get the biggest benefits from machine learning.” – Brynjolfsson and McAfee.


Leaders of research into the implications of digital technology – in particular machine intelligence, big data, and the sharing economy – Brynjolfsson and McAfee assert that competition and labour are less important than collaboration, creativity, and networks, and their analysis shows how to rethink the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms, and of the core and the crowd.




Brynjolfsson and McAfee are co-directors of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. Brynjolfsson is the Schussel Family Professor at MIT Sloan School, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. McAfee is a principal research scientist at MIT Sloan School. Prior to joining MIT Sloan, he was a professor at Harvard Business School.


Machine Platform Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future (WW Norton & Company, 2017); The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (WW Norton & Company, 2014); Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy (Digital Frontier Press, 2011).

More From Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources―and What Happens Next (Andrew McAfee, Scribner, 2019).


Erik Brynjolfsson

Andrew McAfee




Media Picks


“The pin-up boys of the Davos crowd for their book The Second Machine Age.”

Financial Times