• The New Digital Age

  • Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business
  • By: Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 25-04-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: John Murray (Publishers)
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (112 ratings)


The must-listen book for anyone concerned about the present and the future. From two leading thinkers, the widely anticipated book that describes a new, hugely connected world of the future, full of challenges and benefits which are ours to meet and harness.
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 Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Never before has the future been so vividly and transparently imagined. From technologies that will change lives (information systems that greatly increase productivity, safety, and our quality of life, thought-controlled motion technology that can revolutionise medical procedures, and near-perfect translation technology that allows us to have more diversified interactions) to our most important future considerations (curating our online identity and fighting those who would do harm with it) to the widespread political change that will transform the globe (through transformations in conflict, increasingly active and global citizenries, a new wave of cyber-terrorism, and states operating simultaneously in the physical and virtual realms) to the ever-present threats to our privacy and security, Schmidt and Cohen outline in great detail and scope all the promise and peril awaiting us in the coming decades. A breakthrough book - pragmatic, inspirational and totally fascinating. Whether a government, a business, or an individual, we must understand technology if we want to understand the future.
©2013 Google Inc. and Jared Cohen (P)2013 Audible, Inc
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Critic reviews

"This is an audiobook that defines both the nature of the new world which the Internet is creating and its challenges. It 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." (Tony Blair)
"At last, a brilliant guidebook 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 that I have ever read, and once I started reading I was simply unable to put it down." (Sir Richard Branson)
"Every day, technological innovations are giving people around the world new opportunities to shape their own destinies. 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." (Bill Clinton)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Nikola on 07-05-13


Dissapointment, expected much more. Book is mostly about authors' need to explain future of countries, wars, terrorism, politics, restructuring... While it starts with promising ideas, it turns into political pamflet against totalitarian regimes, with emphasises on stories which I already heard in past years.

Also, it is interesting that while authors spend hundreds of pages on these problems, they manage to escape from criticising big technological corporations, or even delve into potential problems which are already apparent and will become worse.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Miss on 24-05-13

Biased, big Americanism

Kept rumbling on terrorism and how America fights terrorism, the author position America as the holy country and demonize other countries, such as Iraq, Iran, China, North Korea. Fit right into the labels traditional Western media places on those countries.

Of those things the author accused these countries of, such as cyber attacks, etc, I'm sure the US and Western Countries have done all those things too. The author did not mention any of that - he kept placing the US on high moral grounds...such ideals would be outdated in today's world.

Biased and arrogant book. A waste of money and pollutes understand of the world.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By iVan on 28-05-16

got much more than I bargained for

while I was expecting them to mention the lifestyle related impact of digital age advances, getting a view of how the digital age affects societies all around the world and our interaction as individuals and nations gave me a broader perspective of the far reaching consequences of these advances. .. awesome!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 03-08-13

This is a Discussion for Terrorists on Digital Age

Would you try another book from Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen and/or Roger Wayne?

No - sorry fellows it seems liked you got your information from the newspapers and turned it into a book. I found the book boring and nothing new, no real insights unless you want to do something illegal.

Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen again?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The New Digital Age?

I am not a terrorist and 99% of the readers are not so give the 99% something new about the digital age rather than educating terrorists

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