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Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy | [Robert Scoble, Shel Israel]

Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy

Social media is but one of five converging forces that promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. You know these other forces already: mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. Armed with that knowledge our personal devices can anticipate what we'll need next and serve us better than a butler or an executive assistant. The resulting convergent superforce is so powerful that it is ushering in an era the authors call the Age of Context.
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Publisher's Summary

In 2006, co-authors Robert Scoble and Shel Israel wrote Naked Conversations, a book that persuaded businesses to embrace what we now call social media. Six years later they have teamed up again to report that social media is but one of five converging forces that promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. You know these other forces already: mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. Armed with that knowledge our personal devices can anticipate what we'll need next and serve us better than a butler or an executive assistant. The resulting convergent superforce is so powerful that it is ushering in an era the authors call the Age of Context.

In this new era, our devices know when to wake us up early because it snowed last night; they contact the people we are supposed to meet with to warn them we're running late. They even find content worth watching on television. They also promise to cure cancer and make it harder for terrorists to do their damage. Astoundingly, in the coming age you may only receive ads you want to see. Scoble and Israel have spent more than a year researching this book. They report what they have learned from interviewing more than a hundred pioneers of the new technology and by examining hundreds of contextual products.

What does it all mean? How will it change society in the future? The authors are unabashed tech enthusiasts, but as they write, an elephant sits in the living room of our book and it is called privacy. We are entering a time when our technology serves us best because it watches us; collecting data on what we do, who we speak with, what we look at. There is no doubt about it: Big Data is watching you. The time to lament the loss of privacy is over. The authors argue that the time is right to demand options that enable people to reclaim some portions of that privacy.

©2013 Shel Israel (P)2013 Shel Israel

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    Austin Lear 06-06-14
    Austin Lear 06-06-14
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    "Disappointing. Superficial."
    What disappointed you about Age of Context?

    Disappointing. Superficial.

    Because there is so much available free content -- posts, blogs, tweets, etc, consumers have high expectations for the quality of paid content. If a consumer invests time and money in an audio book, he should expect deeper analysis and insights than what can be found in the average social media rant or rave.

    I give it at least two stars because Scoble and Israel introduce some major forces working today to fundamentally alter how we interact with our devices, our data and each other. But the book disappoints because it is not fleshed out with insights and details to challenge preconceptions are build cases for alternate perspectives. An entire section of the Google Glass chapter is devoted to recalling how the authors shared a prototype of Glass with strangers and how the strangers smiled when they tried it. They smiled after 60 seconds of trying it?!? That's what you got? That entire experiment can be reduced to a single post. Why did they smile? And didn't anyone frown? This kind of lightweight journalism is abundant on the free Internet so there's no need to pay for it.


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    Jamie S. Cullen 05-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "What a great insight in the new world ahead of us"
    What did you love best about Age of Context?

    It was very well researched and impartial. They took their time to really look hard at all sides of this subject.


    What other book might you compare Age of Context to and why?

    not sure as this is the first book of this kind for me.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    He is very easy to understand. Very clear.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Upsize me meets the tech world


    Any additional comments?

    If you have an interest in where we are going with all things tech and social. Read this book.
    If you have an interest in Big Data.
    Read this book.
    If you have concerns about your privacy in today's world.
    Read this book.

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    R. Smith 05-09-14
    R. Smith 05-09-14

    Hacker obsessed with the mind and the future.

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    "Glimpse of the not too distant future."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Really awesome set of observations from Robert Scoble. Excited about the possibilities that will arise as more and more contextual data is gathered about individuals. No need to fear it but to adapt and grow by taking advantage of all this data about ourselves.


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    LA Bos STUDIO CITY, CA, United States 03-25-14
    LA Bos STUDIO CITY, CA, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Important info heading into the future"
    Would you listen to Age of Context again? Why?

    I would, because it's a lot of foreshadowing of technical educational stuff that you may miss the first time around, since a little may be over one's head. But it's got great value, so a second listen at some point in time would be worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    It's somewhat dry material, but Jeffrey Kafer did a nice consistent job with it. He's got a nice cadence for this subject matter.

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    Dawn calgary, AB, Canada 03-02-14
    Dawn calgary, AB, Canada 03-02-14 Member Since 2010

    I'm an audiobook narrator and I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Happy to share my thoughts on books I've enjoyed.

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    "Interesting Stuff"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This book was really enlightening in terms of where we've been, where we are and where we're headed.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

    Jeff's narration of this title was easy to listen to, well paced and intelligent.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to get a clear understanding of the state of our digital world, this book is a worthwhile listen.

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    Kristina West Jordan, Ut, United States 01-31-14
    Kristina West Jordan, Ut, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Compelling look at technology today"
    What made the experience of listening to Age of Context the most enjoyable?

    The content. Scoble and Israel are well-qualified to speak on the state of technology and where it is heading. I have enjoyed following Scoble's career and this book is a great extension of his career.


    Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jeffrey sounds professional and is enjoyable to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, The book is intriguing. It keeps moving and each facet of technology is more interesting than the last. I found many new "apps" and gadgets to research and explore. I loved it.


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    Mark Boston, MA, United States 01-27-14
    Mark Boston, MA, United States 01-27-14
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    "This is the future. Like it or not. Get ready."
    What made the experience of listening to Age of Context the most enjoyable?

    Robert Scoble is one of the world's greatest tech enthusiasts and an evangelist for all that is new in technology that is changing the world. Shel Israel has a gift for story telling. Together they help paint a picture for the reader and listener of how the world will change and how that change will effect both consumers and businesses alike.

    I wanted to listen to this book because it is articulates some of the most important changes in the way the world is moving, whether we like it or not. Much of what they discuss is already starting to happen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Age of Context?

    The acknowledgement of the, 'freaky factor'. How will consumers react to the things they might want being available before you even know you want it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it over two evenings. If I didn't have children to entertain, I would have listened to it in one go.


    Any additional comments?

    Personally, am not sure that listening to a fact-based book is as powerful as reading it. when I read a book like this, I want to read it through but also use Post Its to mark pieces that resonate with me and I can refer back to them. this is much harder to do when your only choice is to listen and navigation is harder.

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    C Cary, NC, United States 08-27-14
    C Cary, NC, United States 08-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A pile of garbage trash heap"
    Would you try another book from Robert Scoble and Shel Israel and/or Jeffrey Kafer?

    Ever hope today is garbage day this book is trash. Based on a premise that is sideways at best. Edumacated idiots writing books. Just cant do much worse than this.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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