A reading club with a view to the future

065 Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen: The New Digital Age

The impact of technology on society, including politics, privacy, economics, and security, and how to navigate these changes.

Eric Schmidt: The New Digital Age


Schmidt and Cohen explore the impact of emerging technologies, including big data, artificial intelligence, and ubiquitous computing, on society. They argue that these technologies will have profound effects on politics, economics, privacy, and security. The authors offer a roadmap for navigating this new world, emphasizing the importance of adapting to technological change while maintaining values such as democracy, freedom, and human dignity.


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

Author: Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

Publishing year: 2013

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Length in hours: 10 hours and 44 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. Emerging technologies such as big data and artificial intelligence are transforming society and will continue to do so at an accelerating pace.
  2. The new digital age will require new approaches to governance, including greater transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement.
  3. Privacy is a major concern in the new digital age, and policies must be developed to protect individuals from abuses of their personal data.
  4. Cybersecurity is a major challenge, and governments and businesses must work together to address the threat of cyberattacks and cybercrime.
  5. The new digital age presents both opportunities and challenges for businesses, and companies must embrace new technologies while also adapting to new economic and social realities.
Eric Schmidt: The New Digital Age

5 funny quotes

  1. "Everyone needs a coach. It doesn't matter whether you're a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast, or a bridge player."
  2. "Our future is becoming less about inventing technology and more about adapting to it."
  3. "The 'Net Generation' is a moving target - a cohort defined not by its boundaries but by its behavior."
  4. "If you can't use Google to find something, it doesn't exist."
  5. "The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "The internet is among the few things humans have built that they don't truly understand."
  2. "Revolution doesn't happen when society adopts new tools, it happens when society adopts new behaviors."
  3. "The future of mobile is the future of everything."
  4. "The digital age rewards change and punishes inaction."
  5. "Success is not about what you know but about how you behave."

5 dilemmas

  1. Balancing privacy and security in a digital age where data can be easily intercepted and misused.
  2. Addressing the ethical implications of the increasing use of artificial intelligence and automation in the workplace.
  3. Resolving the conflict between the need for digital security and the importance of an open internet.
  4. Ensuring the accessibility of digital tools to all people, regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location.
  5. Finding ways to prevent the spread of misinformation and disinformation on the internet.

5 examples

  1. Twitter - a tool that helped protesters in Iran broadcast the Green Revolution.
  2. WikiLeaks - an organization that disseminates confidential or secret information online.
  3. Anonymous - an amorphous hacktivist group that uses online means to promote social and political change.
  4. Reddit - an online discussion forum that has been used for collective problem-solving.
  5. Kickstarter - a crowdfunding platform that enables people to support creative projects.

Referenced books

  1. "The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail" by Clayton M. Christensen
  2. "The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology" by Ray Kurzwei
  3. "The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century" by Thomas L. Friedman
  4. "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains" by Nicholas Carr
  5. "The Fourth Industrial Revolution" by Klaus Schwab

Share a quote

"The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had."

Become a NextBook Insider

Join our community to access exclusive content, comment on stories, participate in giveaways, and more.