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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  2,401 ratings  ·  243 reviews
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
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M. It definitely is. You can watch some of the topics playing out in the world.

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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
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
Jeremy Smith
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Bryan Alexander
This is a tricky book to categorize and review, because it's not clear what The New Digital Age is supposed to be. I think I figured it out in the end, but that doesn't help too much.

The book seems to be a futures work, exploring what's coming next with technology. But it's also written by two people whose identities call that into question: Jared Cohen, the head of Google's Ideas lab (now "Jigsaw"), and Eric Schmidt, the head of Google (and now Alphabet). Cohen did some work in foreign policy c
Daniel Clausen
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
[22 April 2020]
I bought this book when it first came out in 2013, but just got around to reading it. Not as dated as you might think considering it purports to predict what's going to happen with respect to technology in the future. But the authors are not talking about gadget technology. No flying cars, or virtual reality, or robots (except in war). Instead they talk about what happens to societies and people because of the expansion of the internet and communications technology. In effect, the
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jim Crocker
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay, here's what's going on here. This book got a new copyright in 2014 and a new title: The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Businesses, and Our Lives. And a new introduction, as well. This new intro comes up when you sample it on GoodReads.

It's the intro that's blowing my mind and "transformation" is one huge part of it. Yeah, the good and the bad, the anarchy and the new power of individuals to be heard.

Like I'm finding people like me all over the world. Yunno. Into blues music, data
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chad Kohalyk
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: working, audio
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
A book where the good guys are white men, the US government and corporations, and the bad guys are middle easterners and other non-white folk.

The digital prediction stuff is sometimes interesting, most of the time just a reflection of what is already happening around the world.
Ion Rotari
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Soon everyone on Earth will be connected - main idea of the book, on which all further predictions are made. As simple as this idea may sound, as difficult (childish) it probably was to build up on. A little thought experiment: try predicting how things will go between 2 connected people, let’s say through marriage. Statistically speaking, your guesses will be around 50% accurate. Just 50% prediction accuracy for the simplest connection! Now extrapolate and try predicting what a billion intercon ...more
Lauren Ooi
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I am one of those distracted readers who have anything from two to five books lined up on the reading table at the same time, jumping from book to book depending on the mood and brain juice left for the day. I have to confess - I have been struggling to get through this book for a while now - 'The New Digital Age' has been languishing on my reading table for more than 6 months, but I'm proud to report that I've finally finished it last weekend.

I have to say, it was a matter of hitting my stride
John Kim
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Had a completely different expectations of the book coming from a tech professional background. I initially picked up the book to discover what's in store for future of business opportunities with advancements in tech. However the book revealed a lot more shocking truth behind our future with technology. "The New Digital Age" is a must read for everyone living in the 21st century.
Sebastian Reyn
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Schmidt, Eric, and Jared Cohen, The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business (London: John Murray, 2013). Het knappe van dit boek is dat de auteurs, beiden verbonden aan Google, de mondiale betekenis van de invoering van digitale technologie op een zeer breed terrein weten te analyseren op grond van een diepgaand inzicht in zowel technologische als maatschappelijke aspecten en effecten van digitalisering. Zij slagen er in ver uit te stijgen boven het bedrijfsperspect ...more
Tigran Mamikonian
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jason Huett
The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen is an interesting read about technology and how it shapes our future. The book starts off by stressing the importance of connectivity and how it will level the playing field for everyone. People will benefit greatly from being in the virtual world as opposed to the physical one. They “will find that being connected virtually makes us feel more equal – with access to the same basic platforms, ...more
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Senthil Kumaran
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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.
Ryan Panzer
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, critiqued
Ever thought of a world without connectivity in our fast paced matrix? How easy or tough would it be to survive the pace in the absence of internet? What can we do to the best of our abilities to survive and emerge as winners in times of technological revolution and evolution? What lies in the future for humanity and machines? Will Artificial Intelligence rule the roost in homes sheltering human intelligence? How can technology be used in the present scenario effectively to protect the best inte ...more
Andrew-John Hickman
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Don't let Cohen and Schmidt's introduction, reminiscent of Jetsonian fantasies with near-future tech like self-driving or flying cars, touchscreens infused into everything, and general intelligence AI, fool you. This book firmly assesses how the realities of rapid technology innovation and democratization will affect individuals and how their respective governments will respond. The authors were in particular positions within Google which allowed them to see growth up until the time of writing a ...more
Dr. Deepak Rawat
Since it's written by the technologists, it has to be complex to understand. Still I would say that they have done a great job of writing influence of digital technology on different aspects like: people, states, revolution, terrorism, war and reconstruction.

The good takeaway for me was that the book gives many new and good ideas for current and future business, as the technologies are moving so fast that some of the things written are in application now.

Another encouraging thing I learnt that
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first 6 chapters seemed to all be the same, focusing on cyber terrorism and cyber politics and cyber nations. Only the last chapter touches on something slightly different, but even then, this book wasn't entirely what I was expecting. It's much less about the future of society and consumerism and how individuals will act in the future with advanced technology. There's nothing about workforce employment and how society will coexist with robots and AI and automation (if there was a section it ...more
Aaron Thibeault
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
*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
Robert Sparrenberger
I felt like the two authors were pie in the sky type guys. Lots of sentences starting with, “imagine this.....”. It got repetitive. They also go on and on about how technology will enhance the planet’s people and how everyone having a phone or Facebook will benefit and then spend the next 250 pages talking about all the ways technology can be used for evil purposes. Which is it guys?
More of a geopolitical book than anything else. There are some interesting ideas but I think it needs an editor.
Kenous Carrington
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enlightening Read

Some of the topics discussed in this book are quite encouraging. A small number of the topics covered are a little scary if I'm going to be honest; however, the communication technolgies detailed in this book are going to be apart of our lives so it's, certainly, beneficial to start thinking about how you can best utilize them for your own, and (hopefully) society's benefit.
Hashim Serag El-Din
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: technology
A mix of futuristic technological and political chapters coming from the great mindset of Eric Schmidt. The book is definitely a great marketing tool for Google's technologies and its vision for the future. Yet, I strongly recommend reading it for the great structure and huge amount of information about technology and the future.
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