Ex-Google Chief to Publish Book About Digital Future


The New Digital Age To Be Published By Knopf in April

NEW YORK, December 3, 2012 — Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, and Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas, have collaborated on a book that looks at the future of business, citizenship, politics, privacy, terrorism, and diplomacy as they relate to both established and emerging technologies. The book, THE NEW DIGITAL AGE: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf on April 23, 2013 with a first printing of 150,000 copies. The announcement was made today by Sonny Mehta, Knopf Chairman and Editor in Chief.

“Soon everyone on Earth will be connected,” the authors write. With billions more people set to join the virtual world in the next few years, the boon in digital connectivity will bring to the physical world enormous gains in productivity, health, education, and quality of life. By 2025, the majority of the world’s population will, in one generation, have gone from having virtually no access to unfiltered information to having almost unlimited access to all of the world’s information through its largest ungoverned space – the Internet. “As this space grows larger,” the authors write, “our understanding of nearly every aspect of life will change, from the minutia of our daily lives to more fundamental questions about identity, relationships and even our own security.”
In THE NEW DIGITAL AGE, Schmidt and Cohen address the most important questions of our time vis-a-vis technology: Who will be more powerful in the future, the citizen or the state? Will technology make terrorism easier or more difficult to carry out? How much privacy and security will we have to give up to be part of the new digital age? How will war, diplomacy, and revolution change when everyone is connected? What will be the impact of having both a full virtual life online, and a physical one?

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THE NEW DIGITAL AGE will also be published as an eBook and as a Random House Audiobook.