ATG Book of the Week: The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business.

by | Aug 12, 2013 | 0 comments

New Digital AgeTitle: The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business.
Authors: Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen
Hardback:ISBN: 978-0-307-95713-9; $26.95;  Paperback: ISBN: 978-0-307-94705-5, $15.95
Imprint: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.

 

“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 startup to one of the world’s most influential companies. Jared Cohen is the director of Google Ideas and a former adviser to secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. With their combined knowledge and experiences, the authors are uniquely positioned to take on some of the toughest questions about our future: Who will be more powerful in the future, the citizen or the state? Will technology make terrorism easier or harder to carry out? What is the relationship between privacy and security, and how much will we have to give up to be part of the new digital age?

In this groundbreaking book, Schmidt and Cohen combine observation and insight to outline the promise and peril awaiting us in the coming decades. At once pragmatic and inspirational, this is a forward-thinking account of where our world is headed and what this means for people, states and businesses…

Reviews:

The New Digital Age is a considered work…It shifts the debate about technology, elevating it from mundane arguments about the utility of dating apps to the wider issues of how technology interacts with power.”The Economist

“This is the most important—and fascinating—book yet written about how the digital age will affect our world. With vivid examples and brilliant analysis, it shows how the internet and other communications technologies will empower individuals and transform the way nations and businesses operate. How will different societies make tradeoffs involving privacy, freedom, control, security, and the relationship between the physical and virtual worlds? This realistic but deeply optimistic book provides the guideposts. It’s both profoundly wise and wondrously readable.” -Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

“This work of futurology combines optimism and pessimism in an informed and level-headed presentation.”Booklist

“Ambitious [and] fascinating . . . [this] book is filled with tantalizing examples of futuristic goods and services.” Anna Kuchment, Scientific American

“[Schmidt and Cohen] encapsulate a vast sweep of ideas, including personal citizenship online and off, censorship of electronic information as national policy, and even what future revolutions will look like in years to come . . . A thoughtful and well-balanced prognostication of what lies ahead.” —Kirkus Reviews

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