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

3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  1,414 ratings  ·  181 reviews
In an unparalleled collaboration, two leading global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs give us their widely anticipated, transformational vision of the future: a world where everyone is connected - a world full of challenges and benefits that are ours to meet and to harness.

Eric Schmidt is one of Silicon Valley's great leaders, having taken Google from a small sta
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Hadrian
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"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_ccAf...

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
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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
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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
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.” No, the real scourge of the internet is the insidious self-discovery examination essay. Cobbled together ...more
Sergei_kalinin
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
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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
Daniel Clausen
Nassim Nicholas Taleb famously called prediction a kind of charlatanism. Prediction, in his opinion, should be a liberal art -- something creative, entertaining, thought-provoking, but always to be taken with a grain of salt. This is an opinion I share. And thus, it’s a great delight that “The Digital Age,” written by Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, and Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas, is a creative and exploratory journey into the geopolitics of the digital era (and the digitalization of geo ...more
Marks54
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
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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
Scott
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
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Jiwa Rasa
Buku tulisan tokoh utama Google, Eric Shmidt dibantu oleh Jared Cohern bekas penasihat Condolezza Rice da Hilary Clinton. Buku yang menceritakan tentang dunia digital dan masa depan dunia dan manusia. Antara kebebasan individu dan kekuatan negara akan ditentukan melalui kekuatan dunia digital. Dunia digital bagaikan dunia demokrasi yang sebenar di mana setiap individu punya suara. Bagaimana dunia akan menghadapi aktiviti keganasan dalam keadaan semua perkara dihubungkan melalui dunia digital.
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
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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
William
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
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Laurel
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
Eja Batbold
Insightful and exciting but I (just me, personally) did not agree much with their opinions.

Yes, virtual identity is important because what you post affects what others post. It is a network, a connected space where one's actions has consequences, it alters others behavior and create illusions of multilayer expectations. Thus, I believe virtual world need to have some sort of collective responsibility, or at least we (all, yes everyone) should be considerate and be real.

Oh, crazy fact... did yo
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Paul Mullen
WHO SHOULD READ THIS: Anyone who thinks the implications of online security are limited to Norton Antivirus, identity theft, and choosing strong passwords.

WHO SHOULD NOT READ THIS: Anyone who is prone to simple answers or conspiracy theories.

Schmidt and Cohen's book on the future of a connected, mobile, automated world focuses as much on the geopolitical implications as it does on the basic technologies. It is simultaneously exciting and sobering. The book is wide ranging, covering topics from e
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Abhishek
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 "
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Ipek
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.
Bill Glover
The foreign policy side of this book is super unimaginative and adds very little. Remember the Cold War? Right, in the near future it'll be just like that only with computers. Super establishment type stuff.
There's a bit about how customers will blame business's new tech products that are used for evil purposes (terrorism, intellectual property theft, etc), because they'll have all sorts of information from the net when the focus should be on 'personal responsibility among users'. Of course, th
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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.
Greg
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
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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.
Frederick Bingham
I found this book to be underwhelming. The first part is techno-utopian drivel, about how our world will be really great once the internet is part of everything. To their credit, they also go into the dark side of the ongoing march of technology. It's use by repressive governments, the loss of privacy, the rise of cybercrime. For the most part though, I did not come away from this book with any great new insights or ideas about how the future world will deal with the interconnectedness of everyt ...more
Philip
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
Fabio
Esperava encontrar relatos e construções de cenários, mesmo que hipotéticos, de um futuro tecnológico que ainda não imaginamos.
Os autores iniciam o livro de forma bem direta e já nas primeiras paginas vão moldando sua cabeça meio que ja preparando para a enxurrada de informações que está por vir.
Alguns destes cenarios até são construídos com fatos e relatos de pesquisas que estao sendo feitas por gigantes do setor, como Google. Tambem falam do papel governamental, principalmente da relaçao esta
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Jim Davis
Knowing that this book was written by Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, may cause one to jump to the conclusion that this is one long dialogue about futurism, the latest tech toys, or a promo for Google Glass; but that would be wrong. In this book, Mr Schmidt and his coauthor, Jared Cohen, examine what impacts technology will have on society, culture, war, and in every other way imaginable. One point that particularly struck home for me was one that I have, myself, been making for a long time. That as w ...more
Yaaresse
Feb 10, 2015 Yaaresse rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with a strong tolerance for thinly-veiled marketing and other BS
Recommended to Yaaresse by: public library find.
Shelves: non-fiction
This is another instance where half-stars would be useful, since I'd really prefer to give this 1 1/2 stars.

I'm not willing to spend a lot of time rehashing this book. It's about what you can expect from two guys who are making a fortune -- and stand to make more -- from data-mining and invasive technology. Oh, sorry, I meant "one of the most successful technology companies on the planet." The parts that describe how much "easier" technology will make our lives so we could "engage in deep think
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