The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business
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The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business

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The New Digital Age is the product of an unparalleled collaboration: full of the brilliant insights of one of Silicon Valley’s great innovators! What Bill Gates was to Microsoft and Steve Jobs was to Apple, Schmidt (along with Larry Page and Sergey Brin) was to Google. And, the Director of Google Ideas, Jared Cohen, formerly an advisor to both Secretaries of State Condolee...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 25th 2013 by Hodder And Stoughton Limited (first published April 23rd 2013)
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I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.
-Richard Brautigan, "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace"

This is a book about the future. Naturally, some parts will be proven right and some will be wrong. That much I can guarantee.

I cannot say this is a book about predictions, only assert...more
Don Tapscott
Nothing has changed our lives more than the digital revolution.

And while countless books have been written on the subject, none has created such buzz as the recently released The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen. Justly so; this is for your must-read list.

Schmidt is the chairman of Google and its former CEO. He is credited with building one of the most important companies in history. Cohen is director of Google Ideas and a form...more
Matt Heavner
Slightly interesting and entertainment, but this felt like a big missed opportunity on the authors' part. (Maybe they had an algorithm write it?). This was a common recipe repeated over and over -- applied 80% to geopolitics and 15% lip service to business and 5% other. The recipe: start with a strong serving of techno-utopia, spin, counter-balance with a strong dash of pro/con analysis, repeat an idea or two, move on. For a "digital age" there was very minimal education -- a mention of Kahn Aca...more
Jeremy Smith
I had an initial assumption that a book about the future of digital technology by a former CEO of Google, that much of what would be discussed was how technology would improve the construct of the United States economy, specific innovations of web apps, mobile technologies, and a look inside more of Google's culture and the vision of the company. All three of these topics were wildly ignored and it would seem the co-author Jared Cohen actually had much of the focus on foreign impact of technolog...more
David Dinaburg
I can live with top ten lists and online puffery touting the grandiosity of your regional cuisine—they’re obvious click-bait, simple to avoid. In the decades after the Rovian base-revving false dichotomy—“With us or against us”—it is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between legitimate discord with popular sentiment and opportunistic nose-tweaking in a “Controversial Opinion Piece.” The real scourge of the internet is the insidious self-discovery examination essay. Cobbled together from...more
Одна из самых страшных книг, которые мне довелось прочитать в последние года три :(

Начну с эмоций:

1) 80% содержания книги - про цифровые и реальные войны/революции (сегоднящние и обязательно грядущие), про конец эпохи приватности, кибер-терроризм, кибер-преступность и прочие невесёлые вещи, обитающие в виртуальной реальности.
/Гы... Иногда книга читалась прям как эдакий киберпанк-постапокалипсис-боевик)))/

Кто-то из великих (вроде как академик Сахаров) сформулировал: "Любая новая технология, со...more
I had high expectations for this book given the two authors. A co-founder of Google and a rising star of the foreign policy pundit circuit, what's not to like? ... actually there is quite a bit not to like and I was very disappointed by the book. It was not a complete disaster, but had wandered into that neighborhood by the concluding chapter.

The book starts with the premise that the Internet and related digital technologies are engines of great change in the world that will influence much of ho...more
Chad Kohalyk
These two speak as the establishment, and some of their proposals will scare proponents of the open Web. Many of their other proposals are basically blue sky solutioneering. I think this book will appeal to those already in power, which is disappointing because I find their view is far to statist and establishment to reflect the true disruptive power and decentralized nature that Web connectivity gives us. But policy writers will point to this book as a mandate from the "tech elite" which makes...more
The opening chapter presents an exciting image of the future, though I had some serious questions about it (like, where is all that electricity going to come from?). Much of the book is frightening, as it imagine future impacts on war, terrorism, identity, etc. The final chapter is very encouraging, as it imagines the changes that digital technologies will bring to reconstruction after a disaster. They are also very optimistic about the future.

I have blogged in detail about the book, with a sepa...more
Tigran Mamikonian
For anyone who use Google and understand the role of this great firm in progress the book co-authored by legendary Google CEO seem to be must read... the same was for me.

This book despite promising title gives very limited practical information about future of the business and life in the new digital age...
Key takeaways from this book would be:
1. The future will undergo huge changes driven by technology and internet
2. The politics will be altered (physical and cyber wars/affairs should be condu...more
Summary of The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen [Kindle Edition]

The book opens with, "After growing from 350 million users to over 2 billion users in just the past decade, the internet is the "world's largest ungoverned territory" according to Schmidt and Cohen.”

With social media and networking increase at a high rate, the author tells its readers that your online identities will have a great influence to a bigger audience. If you...more
Senthil Kumaran
This book read like a one big essay on technology and public policy. Both very important topics and something that will interest any concerned hacker. The treatment of the subject was explorative and breadth-wise and very less advise on suggested solutions, because coming up with solutions to the problems mentioned is a hard one. Startups specifically do not venture into areas to solve problems which are riddled with public regulations because they are so muddled with "unknown unknowns" that it...more
Unbearable. Contains thousands of sentences that begin with: "in the future...." Except they're talking about technology and policies that are already here.

There are a few interesting facts, but they're drowned out by the monotony of their context. Less privacy, more smart phones, more authority...

"We believe, however, that [unregulated whistleblowing] is a dangerous model, especially given that there is always going to be someone with bad judgment who releases information that will get people...more
I didn't learn anything new from this book by two influential Silicon Valley icons that currently work for Google. While the authors present both the good and dark sides of the internet, their prose is overwhelmingly optimistic which bothered me from the first chapter. They present a hypothetical history of how the internet is and will impact our lives. Julian Assange, who the authors made clear they do not admire, wrote a scathing review in the NYTimes on "The New Digital Age". While I do not a...more
This book is sure one of the cornerstones when it comes to imagining how the future of the world would look like when the penetration of technology reaches new depth. The biggest positives about this book are first that one doesn't have to be a computer geek to understand the digital environment described in this book, Eric Schmidt has maintained a stunning clarity in his thoughts without the help of too many jargon.

Second, it clearly divides the impacts under various categories that might be "...more
Leonidas Kaplan
The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business book review
By Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen of Google
What does the future of our society look like according to Google?

Apparently, it is more universally transparent, blazing fast, and overloaded with information. Among other things.

The New Digital Age doesn't focus on gadgets and gizmos, but rather on how the internet is shaping our reality, the reality of our friends, cities, governments, nations, and even the bad guys.

One of the best non-fiction books I read this year. The balance between now and tomorrow is very well kept. Also how connectivity will affect governments and states and what the future of revolutions were very informative for me. Having read it as the Taksim Gezi protests were going on - the chapter 'future of conflict, combat, intervention and future of revolutions' especially peaked my interest.

An easy read I recommend to everyone who wonders what the future will look like.
Vuyelwa Mantyi
On page 233 and still have not learnt anything new or found new insights. I knew I should not have bought a "digital" book a year after release when even a day is a long time with all the content being created. I think this book would be great for people completely unfamiliar with the current digital age we're in.
For a book written by a tech executive in charge of one of the most important sites on the Internet, The New Digital Age will have value for any reader simply in laying out how Google thinks of the future. That said, this is not a book for futurists.

The New Digital Age looks at the evolution of the digital world, but focuses specifically on transformations in how governments interact with their citizens and the role data will play in geopolitical conflicts in the future. Schmidt spends a lot of...more
Ryan Panzer
As Eric Schmidt said on Colbert, this book is 260 pages, small print and no pictures. He could have added no personality to that description.
Certainly insightful on the growing global digital landscape. No question this book will greatly inform about the future of technology and the Internet. Can read a bit slow and repetitive at times however, and first part of book dwells on what we may see decades from now, particularly in third world countries. Books seems to be largely based on predictions thus far. Since the future is endless, I'm not sure there's a way to hold the authors entirely accountable for everything they say will event...more
Jeffrey Hart
What you get in this book is a glimpse of a lot of issues connected with the digital age from Eric Schmidt, who was CEO of Google from 2001 to 2001 (and is now chairman), and Jared Cohen, who currently works for Google but previously was employed as an adviser to Hillary Clinton at the US Department of State. Most of the book, as the title suggests, is about the impact of digital technologies on domestic and international politics. Cohen was probably the main source of ideas on politics while Sc...more
Rick Patch
This has been my bedside reader for 7+ months. Some nights, i got a paragraph in and on an odd occasion, i might get 1/2 a chapter :). It's been a long haul. The book never quite captured me. That said, the two things that I found most interesting were

1) how critical the digital infrastructure is post-disaster or war. Immediately setting up mobile, SMS, and internet access is now viewed as equally important as food and first-aid for first responders. The efficiencies for responders as well as t...more
Aaron Thibeault
*A full executive summary of this book is available here:

Many of us living in the developed world have come to rely very heavily on digital technology (including the internet and our mobile/smart devices)—indeed, for many of us, our relationship with our various screens is nothing short of addiction. And we are not the only ones who are plugging in. We are also increasingly hooking up our various man-made systems (such as our infrastructural systems and f...more
Michael Leander
Jun 22, 2013 Michael Leander rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Michael by: Liberty Books Pakistan
I was given this book to review by Liberty Books in Pakistan (thank you). In honesty, I must say that I speed read it. And I am glad I did. I feel that the book is a little bit all over the place trying to appease far too many interest groups.

No doubt that both authors are highly respected and highly accomplished people with deep insight into many of the topics they touch upon in The New Digital Age.

Basically the books lists a lot of new concepts which are likely to shape the future. All of th...more
Olena Tregub
Lacks depth of knowledge in some areas, e.g. when describing non-violent revolutions, power of the states, international law. Otherwise, a pleasant read.

We are all very interested what the future brings us and the authors manage to provide enough food for thought on that.

The book though only scratches the surface of those possible future developments in the world and does not go deeper in analyzing possible scenarios. For example, the authors claim that in the future we would need virtual visa...more
Dainius Jocas
Two worlds: first, physical that has been under active development for thousands of years; second, virtual world, that is still much under the chaos stage in its development. The new digital age, that was mentioned in the title of the book, refers to the (close) future world which is going to be kind of a symbiosis of the two worlds.

In general, technology is an enabler. It enables many improvements, breakthroughs, etc. But technology enables not only them. The price for improvements is privacy a...more
The first chapter of this book scared the bejesus out of me. The authors outline the prospects of technology on "Our Future Selves." My take-away (from this section) is that technology will replace many of the manual jobs and basic tasks of everyday life freeing us to attempt consume the tidal wave of cheap media content that is approaching. We will all be basically media sponges - consummate consumers. For some reason I don't have an image of us turning into higher enlightened beings constantly...more
John Broussard
This is a treatise of how Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google, and Jared Cohen, former advisor to Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, wish to usher in the Digital Age from a geopolitical standpoint.

The book struck me as thought provoking but filled with propaganda as to how privacy and government control of all things digital will only tip in favor of government control. It is odd that the beginning and end of the book praises on the democratic empowerment of individuals due...more
The New Digital Age by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen (April 2013) is one of the most exciting books I have read in a long time. It provides a glimpse into the future of governments and societies, shaped by the technologies already on cusp of reality.

As one who has spent a significant amount of time recently thinking about how technology and society will necessitate changes in Singapore's government, I think this book is incredibly important. It is important because we cannot fixate on fixing the...more
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