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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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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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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 of facts and history

Great book for refreshing your memory on the history of tech and the possible futures

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for every computer professional and enthusiast

this book is a must-read for every computer professional and enthusiast. it describes a wonderful future of data integrity and the nurturement that it can provide.

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Next internet evolution underway

Technology is changing in ways we don’t understand. Once in a while the change is so dramatic it will change everything. How the telephone changed the world, the internet has probably changed it more.

Now the blockchain technology will be just as disruptive and revolutionary. While tech companies have their doubts on the viability of Bitcoin the first of the many innovation of a blockchain. It is an experiment in digital currency that may or may not work.

The real breakthrough is the transformation of the internet from centralised networks ruled by the Google’s, Facebook’s, and Amazons of the word to a decentralised one where the Blockchain or another form of consensus algorithm will enable users to have the control and security to collaborate over a decentralised and distributed network without a middleman.

The behemoth corporations that provide so called free services and collect our data to monetise. Data that is anything but secure, will be taken over by peer to peer networks secured by algorithms proven and tested through the invention of crypto currencies, smart contracts, proof of work, proof of stake and other methods currently being devised.

We can only imagine what changes this will bring. The days of exploitation of personal data is no longer a hidden goldmine, and users will eventually be the ones in control of their data and benefit from releasing it. Cryptocurrency might disrupt the banking system, but the innovation has the possibility of disrupting the old world order where vertical hierarchy will be costlier and outdated.

This book touches on the tip of an evolving technological iceberg and is highly recommended for those with the understanding and imagination of the subject.

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Great book

Should be required reading for anyone who wants to peak into the future, and by future, I mean like next week or next year.

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  • Moira
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  • 08-08-18

Pure digital gold

Great reader and awesome writer. Wish I had this information when I held six bitcoins❣️Luckily I kept one and have learned my lesson. I feel I have a road map even though the map is not the territory. Feeling less smug about owning FANG stocks a good perspective on the silos of info And despite the naysayers feel blockchain a door into a prosperous future .

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All over the place, unfocused, hardly even about Google

I was instantly attracted to this title. I read Gilder’s “Forbes ASAP” columns like a vacuum sucks up dirt back in the late 1990s, and was inspired by the title and its suggestion of a probing discussion about what will ultimately be Google’s fate, given the colossus it has become and the immense free cash flow it generates. And, there is *some* of that in this book, but it’s quickly usurped by long, meandering discussions about Bitcoin — some literally imagined (actually not exaggerating: Gilder recounts an imaginary, perhaps drug-assisted dream sequence with the father of Bitcoin) and Blockchain, and the hard on that Gilder has for fellow libertarian Peter Thiel, who’s never quite interviewed but mentioned 20-30 times throughout. There are interesting and insightful parts of the book, such as the sojourn to the Mercer mansion to meet Donald Trump’s boss. But I agree more with Jamie Dimon and Warren Buffett, and reject the thesis that gold and eventually Bitcoin will usurp traditional currencies, so for me, vast parts of the book are empty and without meaning. What does any of that have to do with the expiration of Google’s hegemony? Hell if I can tell you, because it’s never all tied together, almost as if it’s a stitched up collection of Gilder’s musings, TED talks, columns, and cocktail napkin doodles put together to form a book. It’s interesting for factoids about the early days of Google, about why it gives free lunches to its employees (currently in the news again as Silicon Valley communities reject the lack of lunchtime patronage to their restaurants (so, as only can happen in California, they are moving to BAN private companies from catering meals to employees, absurdly), and some backstory about Sergei Brin (but not Larry Page?). But it’s infrequent and these are but morsels amidst lots of mumbo-jumbo about Blockchain startups (most of which will fail without another mention, ever). A bit disappointing overall, but still (absurd as it is to say) important reading/listening as it’s contemporary.

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Filled With Techno-Jargon

I tried to listen. Technical and pedantic writing make it too much for me to enjoy. Returned!

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For those who love whiny old white guys...

So, I was hoping for some interesting insight into crypto currency, but got stuck listening to this whiny little bitch complain about how the world is too liberal these days for 9 hours. I'm sure if you're one of those Fox news loving Trump can do nothing wrong types, you'll probably love this book... but it's definitely not my bag.

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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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  • 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.