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

By Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen

In an unheard of collaboration, best worldwide thinkers in expertise and international affairs supply us their broadly expected, transformational imaginative and prescient of the long run: a global the place everyone seems to be connected—a international choked with demanding situations and advantages which are ours to satisfy and to harness.

Eric Schmidt is certainly one of Silicon Valley’s nice leaders, having taken Google from a small startup to at least one of the world’s so much influential businesses. Jared Cohen is the director of Google rules and a former adviser to secretaries of country Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. With their mixed wisdom and reviews, the authors are uniquely located to tackle many of the hardest questions on our destiny: Who may be extra strong sooner or later, the citizen or the kingdom? Will know-how make terrorism more uncomplicated or more durable to hold out? what's the courting among privateness and defense, and what kind of do we need to surrender to join the recent electronic age?

during this groundbreaking booklet, Schmidt and Cohen mix statement and perception to stipulate the promise and peril looking forward to us within the coming many years. right away pragmatic and inspirational, it is a forward-thinking account of the place our global is headed and what this suggests for individuals, states and businesses.

With the boldness and readability of visionaries, Schmidt and Cohen illustrate simply how a lot we need to glance ahead to—and pay attention of—as the best info and know-how revolution in human historical past keeps to adapt. On person, group and country degrees, throughout each geographical and socioeconomic spectrum, they exhibit the dramatic developments—good and bad—that will rework either our daily lives and our realizing of self and society, as know-how advances and our digital identities turn into increasingly more essentially real.

As Schmidt and Cohen’s nuanced imaginative and prescient of the close to destiny unfolds, an city specialist takes his driverless vehicle to paintings, attends conferences through hologram and dispenses house responsibilities robots through voice; a Congolese fisherwoman makes use of her shrewdpermanent telephone to observe industry call for and coordinate revenues (saving on expensive refrigeration and fighting overfishing); the capability arises for “virtual statehood” and “Internet asylum” to disencumber political dissidents and oppressed minorities, but in addition for tech-savvy autocracies (and maybe democracies) to use their electorate’ cellular units for ever extra ubiquitous surveillance. alongside the way in which, we meet a cadre of foreign figures—including Julian Assange—who clarify their very own visions of our technology-saturated future.

Inspiring, provocative and soaking up, The New electronic Age is a superb research of ways our hyper-connected global will quickly glance, from of our so much prescient and expert public thinkers.

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