On Monday 6 November 2023, the World Inequality Lab invited DARON ACEMOGLU, co-author of Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity.



Book summary

Published in May 2023, in a moment of peak Artificial Intelligence (AI), Daron Acemoglu and Simon Johnson debunk modern techno-optimism. The book traverses a millennium of disruptive technologies, from medieval agriculture and ship design all the way up to generative AI, to ask how the path of technology is determined and who influences its trajectory. They argue that we can redirect the path of innovation to create shared prosperity rather than exclusively for private profit.


DARON ACEMOGLU is Institute Professor of Economics at MIT. For the last twenty-five years, he has been researching the historical origins of prosperity, poverty, and the effects of new technologies on economic growth, employment, and inequality.



Practical information

📅 Monday 6 November 2023, 11:00 – 12:00 (EDT) 17:00 – 18:00pm (CET), presentation of the book and Q&A

📍 Zoom Webinar, to register, click here.

🎙The conference will be held in English.



Alice Fauvel, Communications Manager: alice.fauvel@psemail.eu