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The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Businesses, and Our Lives Paperback – March 4, 2014
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Praise for The New Digital Age
“Prescient and provocative.”
—The New York Times
“In this fascinating book, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen draw upon their unique experiences to show us a future of rising incomes, growing participation, and a genuine sense of community—if we make the right choices today.”
“This is the most important—and fascinating—book yet written about how the digital age will affect our world.”
“Shifts the debate about technology, elevating it . . . to the wider issues of how technology interacts with power.”
“Ambitious [and] fascinating . . . [this] book is filled with tantalizing examples of futuristic goods and services.”
“Schmidt and Cohen make a formidable intellectual duo, combining Schmidt’s encyclopedic knowledge of digital technology with Cohen’s equally impressive grasp of international diplomacy and politics. . . . The New Digital Age reads with surprising clarity, verve, and even occasional wit. . . . Sophisticated analysis. . . . Balanced and interesting.”
—The Christian Science Monitor
“Full of fresh thinking, tightly researched examples and creative twists…. . If you care about the future . . . read this book. Bound to get the digerati buzzing and cause regular people to reflect deeply about our future. . . It will give you resolve to take action and perhaps even help you figure out what is to be done.”
—The Huffington Post
“Together [Schmidt and Cohen] forecast a raft of new innovations and corresponding threats that will arise for dictatorships, techno revolutionaries, terrorists and you.”
“As tech-industry VIPs, Schmidt and Cohen deserve credit for probing the dark side of progress. In the wake of the Boston bombings, their warnings about the Net's dangers have gained chilling salience.”
—The San Francisco Chronicle
“Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen have produced a searching meditation on technology and world order. Even those who disagree with some of their conclusions will learn much from this thought-provoking volume.”
—Henry A. Kissinger
“A guide to the future written by two experts who possess a profound understanding of humanity’s altered prospects in a wireless world. There are insights on every page and surprising conclusions (and questions) in every chapter. For experts and casual readers alike, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen have produced an indispensable book.”
—Former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright
“A brilliant book that should be required reading for anyone who wishes to understand the huge ramifications of the Age of Google not only for our lifestyles but, more importantly, for our privacy, our democracy and our security. . . . The ‘technoptimistic’ case will never be more smartly argued.”
—Niall Ferguson, author of Civilization: The West and the Rest
“The New Digital Age is must-reading for anyone who wants to truly understand the depths of the digital revolution. . . . Schmidt and Cohen blend the technical and the human, the scientific and the political, in ways I rarely saw while in government. They challenge the reader’s imagination on almost every page.”
—General Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA
“This is a book that describes a technological revolution in the making. How we navigate it is a challenge for countries, communities and citizens. There are no two people better equipped to explain what it means than Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen.”
“Few people in the world are doing more to imagine—and build—the new digital age than Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen. With this book, they are looking into their crystal ball and inviting the world to peek in.”
—Michael R. Bloomberg
“Thoughtful, well-researched. . . . Readers might be left with more questions than answers, but that’s the idea—we are at our best when we ask ‘What’s next?’”
—Elon Musk, cofounder of Tesla Motors and PayPal
“The New Digital Age offers an intriguing fusion of ideas and insights about how the virtual world is intersecting with the ‘Westphalian order.’. . . This book should launch a valuable debate about the practical implications of this new connectivity for citizens and policy makers, societies and governments.”
—Robert B. Zoellick, former president of the World Bank Group
“Schmidt and Cohen offer a rigorous approach to decoding what the future holds in a story that is as well written and entertaining as it is important.”
—General Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Advisor
“At last, a brilliant guide book for the next century—what the future holds for entrepreneurs, revolutionaries, politicians, and ordinary citizens alike. Schmidt and Cohen offer a dazzling glimpse into how the new digital revolution is changing our lives. This book is the most insightful exploration of our future world I’ve ever read, and once I started reading I was simply unable to put it down.”
—Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman, Virgin Group
“This brilliant book will make you re-examine your concepts of the digital age, the way the world works, what lies ahead, and what all this means for you, your family and your community. A must read.”
—Mohamed El-Erian, chair, President Obama’s Global Development Council
Top Customer Reviews
Important and valuable for one overriding reason: for alerting a mass readership of the current and accelerating social-economic-military-political disruptions arising from the expansion of the internet.
But execessively oversimplifying of complexity in several key instances. One example of this illustrates my concerns: see discussion of "More Innovation, More Opportunity", starting page 18 and the key sentence, pg 19, two lines from bottom of the page. (I will discuss pg 66 and the claim that technology is neutral in the "PS" section, at bottom of page)
The issue in these two pages (18-19) was that of globalized competition for jobs, wherein borders and community boundaries fall in the face of internet outsourcing of jobs. Schmidt and Cohen oversimplify as they discuss how workers in Orange County must compete with workers in Uruguay. How is this oversimplified? By not accounting for the multiplicity of factors that come into play, for example, what is the cost of living for a working family in Orange County compared to an overseas location? What are the working conditions of any number of overseas labor markets?
But the most striking case of over simplication comes near the bottom of page 19:
"Globalization's critics will decry this erosion of local monopolies, but it should be embraced, because this is how our socieities will move forward and continue to innovate."
So, where are the problems with this sentence? At least two instances. Case one: to use the word "MONOPOLIES" when referring to local workers is a needlessly perjorative phrase, especially in the US.Read more ›
Continuing, we get one small example of some third-world residents are using cell-phones to improve profits (fishermen in the Congo), a quick reference to Xbox 360 capabilities, extremely superficial comments about the future of robots, Khan Academy, and 3D-printers, but nothing about the revolutionary potential for MOOCs in our colleges and universities, or the obvious limitations of 3D-printers (materials used, size, speed).
Then there's babbling about improved physician-patient feedback for the health care sector - a tiring topic because that's the least of the problems in American health care. The #1 problem in American health care is extremely high costs caused by lack of government regulation, thereby allowing providers to take advantage of the extremely inelastic demand for health care and bleed patients and payers to the point where we spend far more than every other nation - 18% of GDP, vs. 8% for Taiwan and Japan, 4% for Singapore.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Eric Schmidt is just another sinister "suit", abusing voters' trust by rigging google searches according to this documentary:
I am now at the point of buying copies of this book as book prizes for my students. Chapter 4 on International Relations is a must read for any graduate student in international... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kiwi Cove
It was very informative and balanced in it's presentation. It read very quickly.Published 4 months ago by John P
TNDA is a so so book in the sense that I already know everything that the authors talk about.
Also the writing is choppy and uneven, with the first half of the book chock full... Read more
I'm interested in the future world where's supposed that almost all the people around the world will be connected to the Internet. What's the world going to be like? Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sho Kato
There are some important ideas in this book, which is not technical and not a sales pitch for Google or anyone else. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dutiful son-in-law