George Gilder is one of the great technological visionaries, and "the man who put the 's' in telecosm" (Telephony magazine). He is equally famous for understanding and predicting the nuts and bolts of complex technologies, and for putting it all together in a soaring view of why things change, and what it means for our daily lives. His track record of futuristic predictions is one of the best, often proving to be right even when initially opposed by mighty corporations and governments. He foresaw the power of fiber and wireless optics, the decline of the telephone regime, and the explosion of handheld computers, among many trends. His long-awaited Telecosm is a bible of the new age of communications. Equal parts science story, business history, social analysis, and prediction, it is the one book you need to make sense of the titanic changes underway in our lives.
©2000 by George Gilder; (P)2000 by Blackstone Audiobooks, All Rights Reserved
Gilder was a bet selling economic writer who became a famous technology writer and stock picker in the 90s. His stock picking has fallen down, but his technology writing is still excellent: he explains the physics and economics of the bandwidth revolution we are in the middle of, and does it in a compelling and understandable way.
Add 5 years (sometimes more) to his predictions and realize that the companies that developed the great technology don't always benefit from it.
This book is a gem for historians. If you are longing for those bubble days, here's the book that let's you relive the nonsense. Play it on your home stereo at parties and laugh along with your friends and what you were crying about only two years ago. As an added bonus, you can memorize some of the lines from this comedy classic and use them as catch-phrases around the office water cooler. Your colleagues will say "where does she come up with this stuff? She's the coolest."
Seriously, it was borderline factual at points, did have some interesting and accurate history, but really smells of the euphoria of thse bygone days of yesteryear. If you find yourself wondering "what were we thinking", you can get the answer here. I really do recommend this book, but it certainly does not belong in Science, perhaps not in Information Age - Audible, please move this one to Comedy.
Shrugged. Not interesting when it was first released, and certainly no longer interesting today. There are many more important titles for your money today.
Drive for work and listen all day long. Audible is a God send as it lifts me from traffic and off to an adventure!!
ISDN and DSL ,, this book has a couple of glimmers of hope but really not an inside look at the future of communications.
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