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Summary

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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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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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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  • Douglas Sleeter
  • 23-07-18

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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  • Philip M
  • 08-09-18

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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  • R.J.
  • 29-09-18

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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  • Arno
  • 03-08-18

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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  • Orin Rehorst
  • 03-08-18

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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  • jeffrey stein
  • 21-10-18

Hard to follow

This book was hard to follow! The author brings up many interesting points, but I had a hard time understanding the concepts.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-10-18

Great Crypto Econ 101

From its roots in the google precrypto world to some of the current players to some insight in to where it’s going. This book is like Econ 101 for crypto and a great read. The book is filled with vivid stories about the minds that are building the future.

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  • kevinf
  • 17-10-18

Insightful Listen

I found the ideas and thoughts expressed in the book to be insightful and knowledgeable. Although there were areas that were perhaps a bit speculative and ideas open for debate... The author acknowledges these areas and expresses his thoughts compared to others... after all, this is a book about life after Google, and Google is still here... So a certain amount of prediction is expected.

The book is an interesting perspective that covers Google, cryptocurrency and blockchain technology as we progress from today into the future. The book is well written and well narrated.

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  • Yann
  • 17-10-18

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interesting, I dont agree on hes open source opinion, but I do agree one some of his opinions

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  • Stephanie Bailey
  • 15-10-18

Great insight. Hope it comes true.

The alternate future to the AI driven certain titans of today - soon to next decades has beens.