I am currently 2 hours into the book and it is everything I hoped for - possibly the best audiobook I've listened to so far. I am a Ray Kurzweil fan. I've already listened to "The Singularity is Near", a book which contains a lot of data tables, that, in my opinion, kind of hampered the listening experience. This book on the other hand, has a straightforward narrative style that translates very well into the audio format. The reader speaks a bit slow for my taste, but that is a very minor complaint. The information in this book is fascinating. If you're a fan of science, technology and futurism, or if you are interested in the human mind and how it works, you will love this book.
This book speaks very little about future inventions (ok, so holographic displays and robots are mentioned). This is mainly a book about global politics and how people around the world will be enabled by technology (as if they're not already). What really disappoints me is that it feels like an exercise in stating the obvious. If you're unaware of "cloud" storage, or if you would be surprised to learn that cheap mobile phones and social media will help citizens of repressed countries to organize, then this might be the book for you.
I think a better title for this book would have been, "The Current Digital Age". The content was quite mundane. I never once felt a need to rewind a passage (which I typically do a lot of with other books).
The reader speaks very slowly. The good news is that I was able to play it in 2x mode and save half the time... I managed to finish it, but I could have gotten by on just the first and last chapters. If you're looking for a book about technology or futurism, there are better choices out there. For a new book from one of the top minds at Google, this isn't just disappointing - I feel ripped off.
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