FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: "Nothing Mr. Gilder says or writes is ever delivered at anything less than the fullest philosophical decibel... Mr. Gilder sounds less like a tech guru than a poet, and his words tumble out in a romantic cascade."
“Google’s algorithms assume the world’s future is nothing more than the next moment in a random process. George Gilder shows how deep this assumption goes, what motivates people to make it, and why it’s wrong: the future depends on human action.” — Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and Palantir Technologies and author of Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
The Age of Google, built on big data and machine intelligence, has been an awesome era. But it’s coming to an end. In Life after Google, George Gilder—the peerless visionary of technology and culture—explains why Silicon Valley is suffering a nervous breakdown and what to expect as the post-Google age dawns.
Google’s astonishing ability to “search and sort” attracts the entire world to its search engine and countless other goodies—videos, maps, email, calendars….And everything it offers is free, or so it seems. Instead of paying directly, users submit to advertising. The system of “aggregate and advertise” works—for a while—if you control an empire of data centers, but a market without prices strangles entrepreneurship and turns the Internet into a wasteland of ads.
The crisis is not just economic. Even as advances in artificial intelligence induce delusions of omnipotence and transcendence, Silicon Valley has pretty much given up on security. The Internet firewalls supposedly protecting all those passwords and personal information have proved hopelessly permeable.
The crisis cannot be solved within the current computer and network architecture. The future lies with the “cryptocosm”—the new architecture of the blockchain and its derivatives. Enabling cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ether, NEO and Hashgraph, it will provide the Internet a secure global payments system, ending the aggregate-and-advertise Age of Google.
Silicon Valley, long dominated by a few giants, faces a “great unbundling,” which will disperse computer power and commerce and transform the economy and the Internet.
Life after Google is almost here.
For fans of "Wealth and Poverty," "Knowledge and Power," and "The Scandal of Money."
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Table of Contents
Prologue: Back to the Future-The Ride xi
Chapter 1 Don't Steal This Book 1
Chapter 2 Google's System of the World 11
Chapter 3 Google's Roots and Religions 25
Chapter 4 End of the Free World 37
Chapter 5 Ten Laws of the Cryptocosm 45
Chapter 6 Google's Datacenter Coup 51
Chapter 7 Daily's Parallel Paradigm 63
Chapter 8 Markov and Midas 75
Chapter 9 Life 3.0 93
Chapter 10 1517 109
Chapter 11 The Heist 119
Chapter 12 Finding Satoshi 129
Chapter 13 Battle of the Blockchains 143
Chapter 14 Blockstack 159
Chapter 15 Taking Back the Net 171
Chapter 16 Brave Return of Brendan Eich 179
Chapter 17 Yuanfen 189
Chapter 18 The Rise of Sky Computing 199
Chapter 19 A Global Insurrection 213
Chapter 20 Neutering the Network 227
Chapter 21 The Empire Strikes Back 241
Chapter 22 The Bitcoin Flaw 247
Chapter 23 The Great Unbundling 257
Epilogue: The New System of the World 269
Some Terms of Art and Information for Life After Google 277
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
George Gilder definitely has something interesting to say about information theory, and has certainly done a lot of legwork when it comes to new innovations in networking and cryptography, but he has written this book badly enough that I can barely detect any of it. From chapters that flow together so poorly that they seem to just be articles cut-and-pasted next to each-other, to an overindulgence in the purplest, most obscure prose I have ever read (he sure loves the word “otiose”), to arguments that refuse to define their terms and swing wildly from topic to topic, I am baffled as to how Mr. Gilder thought this worthy to publish. On top of that, I suspect I disagree with several of his arguments ... though I am so unsure as to what they /are/ that it’s hard to say. The best part was after I endured a long, incoherent argument about why an articial medium like a computer could never host a creative consciousness, only to find Mr. Gilder turning around in a later chapter about Bitcoin and, without a hint of self-awareness, quoting Andreessen: “rich old white men crapping on technology they don’t understand can be counted on to be wrong roughly 100 percent of the time”.