As far as books predicting the future is concerned, Eric Schmidt does not have a track record. Even in his “The Road Ahead” in 1995, Bill Gates ignored online just as it would change the world.
If the executive chairman of Google, Schmidt along with Jared Cohen, the Google Ideas Director handle to sidestep Gate-style howlers in “New Digital Age” as their viewpoint of what is ahead is regarded to be complex and not specifically pretty.
The common thread moves through the vision of how the technology is re explaining the ideas of the business, nationhood and society. As technology is a powerful tool, the evil or good is restricted by imaginations of one deploying it.
Authors write that the main truth of technology industry is that the technology is regarded to be neutral but individuals are not and they will with time get lost in the noise. “But their collective development as the citizens in digital era will be not forgetting this.
Rather, there is not so much Pangloss in the world view. In the chapter on future of the revolutions, for instance, they show the important role played by the social media in overthrowing despots, which is notable during Arab Spring.
They also point that while the technology can mobile the inhabitantsto mass in town square, it offers a bit of guidance regarding the things to perform when they attain there, once despot gets deposed.
Chinaspecifically comes in for things of pummeling “The New Digital Age”. Referring to the crash of a train in the year 2011 in Wenzhou, when the micro bloggers widely interrogated sanitizedversion of the events, authors made a prediction that clash of a citizenry which is technologically advanced and tight govt. control is remarkably volatile and can lead to extensivevariability.
They also call the government of China for ostensiblysetting attackson offending the United States firm-obviously Google- and inadequately respecting the property rights and Huawei of China for doing trade with the dictatorial regime like Iran’s. Still now, all is not at all grim in future world Cohen sketch and Schmidt. They have devoted a whole chapter to technology for reestablishing the societies after man-made or natural disasters.
The largest mistake in “New Digital Age” might be tendency on certain issues to have in both the ways. At first, authors decry free infoat any price ethos in the form of a risky model and then offera respectful, lengthy and most significantly a judgment free clarification of philosophy.