Life After Google

The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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You can say goodbye to today's Internet, New York Times best-selling author George Gilder says. Soon the current model of aggregated free content populated with "value-subtracted" advertising will die a natural death, due, of course, to the simple fact that absolutely no one wants to see online advertising. What will tomorrow's Internet look like?

In Life After Google, Gilder takes listeners on a brilliant, rocketing journey into the very near-future, into an Internet with a new "bitcoin-bitgold" transaction layer that will replace spam with seamless micro-payments and provide an all-new standard for global money.

©2018 George Gilder (P)2018 Tantor

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Good, but a lot of inside baseball

A great look behind the curtain of the past and future of tech. A must read to know what's happening in the world.
But, the author likes writing in a literary form which can make it hard to follow in a non-fiction audio book.

I'm a highly educated researcher that knows 2 programming languages and has years of statistics and economics experience, and there were times that I was lost, because he assumes a deeper understanding of computer science than most people have. Even computer savvy people.
So, this book seems more for people in the tech community than for a general audience. It also helps to have read Mises and other libertarian economists to not get lost.

That said I recommend it. You'll learn a lot.

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Insightful, compelling predictions for the future

This book lays out a perfect case for how the internet is fundamentally broken, how no amount of big data can compensate for bad data, and how security is not a feature to be added on top of software, but instead an architecture that must be built in from the beginning.

Gilder makes the case that #blockchain is the solution to what is wrong about virtually every economic and technological problem the world faces. If you think big data, automation, machine learning and AI are important, beware of #BigBadData. Unless we “fix” the ever growing problem of bad data, none of them can realize their potential.

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What a disappointing mess

I was hoping for an analysis of the potential in block chain, and perhaps an overview of how we got there. What I got was a bunch poorly structured Google-bashing mixed with ample, irrelevant anecdotes regarding various personas from the tech industry. Throw in some random tangents on unrelated philosophical matters, where the author is presenting poor arguments for his positions. Waaay to long for what it is.

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Simply enlightening!

Confirmed my belief that our future is in the crypto chiasm. Democratized systems of truth, trust, and equitable distribution controlled by the people...the new system of the world. Highly recommend to those either in or pursuing a technology career.

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Author missed the opportunity to write a truly outstanding book


The authors political bias got in the way when trying to make cogent arguments. Many times caims are not supported but instead left to be self evident. This is a pitty as it reduces the impact of other claims made in the book.
At times the book is shoddily researched and got some basic facts wrong, especially when talking about blockchain projects. For example the author talks about “Vitalik Buterin and his company Ethereum”. I would forgive such an inaccuracy in a book about another topic but this books sole purpose is to talk about how blockchain is the new paradigm that will dethrone today’s kings like corporate giant google. One of the main points in my opinion is that blockchain projects can not be classified in the traditional way. They are certainly not companies or corporations but create a “commons” of sorts which for the first time in history allows complete stranger to work together for the benefit of all.

All in all I’d say a missed opportunity to really make the case for life after google, which decentralized take certainly has the potential to displace. The arguments presented in this book are not convincing and barely scratch the surface of how this could come about.

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No Real Narrative, But Good

There's no narrative or story here, but it's very interesting as a history of silicon valley. I was expecting this to be more of a memoir/life story, but it's not and that's okay. I just don't want anyone to be misled.

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Misleading title, not much about big data nor bitcoin

This book is more about recent history of technologies, especially around Google. It did not touch much on bitcoin.
If you are not an IT professional, you might find it interesting.
But if you are like me, and you know basic stories about big data and bitcoin, there is not much you can gain from this book.

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Finally a GREAT BOOK on Blockchain

I was beginning to think I was doomed to read Neo-Marxist philosophy over and over like in "The Truth Machine" and "Blockchain Revolution".

This book brought the human spirit back into the discussion and peeled away much of the hype surrounding blockchain to reveal an even better vision.

I want to read George Gilder's previous books!

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A lot in here.

Wow what a book. Kinda blew my mind. I had to go back several times and re-listen. Very complex perspective. I gotta think about this.

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Very cool, learned quite a bit.

very up to date. when it comes to tech books I like to read the latest documents, this is pretty good.

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  • Olly Buxton
  • 09-13-18

Starts off so well but implodes

George Gilder is a passionate contrarian and a polymath well versed in mathematics, philosophy, banking, investing and tech. He makes a great case against overblown hype for AI, a compelling one that the walled gardens approach of the tech giants is approaching limits, but has drunk deep of the Kool Aid about bitcoin and block chain, and ends with a confused soup of the gold standard, Goedel undecidability, the nature of trust and value with begs questions, contradicts itself and glosses over holes in his own arguments. A pity, but the book is well worth reading for his insights on tech and provocative (if not always plausible) polemic on the history of technology and commerce.

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  • Santiago
  • 11-16-18

Great, daring work.

Life After Google is an essay about the future of software technologies, the Internet, financial tech and AI, with the right focus: the battle between centralized and decentralized services.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-18

Briliant

One of the best books I recently listened. Until I read this book I didin't realize how big is the revolution we are going through now. That's pretty exciting.

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  • Jahren Stacey
  • 04-10-20

Technical

This book is very jargon heavy, it makes sense as to why. However the concepts and topics presented are fascinating. The future is definitely being shaped in this present moment

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  • Hadil
  • 11-07-19

Amazing!

Mind blowing. Awesome. It has contributed highly to my excitement about the future. The information within is brilliant. The chronology of the narration also brilliant.

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  • Mr. Zoltan Tersanszky
  • 09-19-19

Hard to understand without knowledge

This is a very good book about why Big data will be replaced in some cases with the Blockchian, however if you don't have a great deal of computer science and Blockchian background then I would recommend something else for a start.
I learnt a lot about Tech and company histories from the author, but found the presentation of these a bit overwhelming and therefore it needed a lot of concentration.
If you want to learn deep fundamentals about centralised and decentralised systems and you love math than go for this book!

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  • Norrie
  • 08-26-19

Essential reading

Essential reading / listening for anyone who's serious about understanding. A truly fantastic piece of work.

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  • Pat Prunty
  • 08-09-19

brilliant and prophetic

I'm actually gonna listen to the whole book again a second time, and I rarely do that. So much information and valuable insight.

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  • Tavi Biker
  • 06-27-19

Excellent

A great insight to the future and an inspiring read that all people in the finance sector should read, mark and inwardly digest!

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  • Margaret Livingstone
  • 07-28-19

This Book Explains So Much

For all of us who are frustrated by the internet, this book explains why it has to change and how it will. Gilder gives examples and stories about how our world will change and the way it is changing now. I found it fascinating and so interesting, not to mention hopeful in the changes that are coming.