‘Machine, Platform, Crowd’ and Accelerated Concentration of Higher Ed Advantage

Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future by Andrew McAfee and Erik BrynjolfssonPublished in June of 2017 The unifying theme Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future is that we are underestimating the pace of technologically driven economic change – and that these changes will concentrate advantage amongst an ever narrowing segment of companies and individuals. Could it be that the same technological forces that have concentrated economic power in a few digital platform companies (Google, Amazon, Facebook), while devastating large parts of other information industries (news, music, publishing etc.), will also end up concentrating advantage amongst a shrinking number of college and universities? Could technologically driven change also occur at a faster rate and a larger scale than today’s postsecondary incumbents realize, leading a widespread destabilization of the higher ed…


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