The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, and Jared Cohen, founder and director of Google Ideas, discussing their new book “The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Businesses” (Knopf).
About The New Digital Age:
In a new collaboration, two leading global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs give us their vision of the future: a world where everyone is connected–a world full of challenges and benefits that are ours to meet. Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen have traveled the world–from the hot spots of the Middle East and Africa to the more stable European and Asian nations–meeting with world leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists to see and hear firsthand about the challenges they face. With the authors’ combined knowledge and on-the-ground experiences, they are uniquely positioned to take on some of the toughest questions about our future: Who will be more powerful in the future, the citizen or the state? Will technology make terrorism easier or harder to carry out? How will war, diplomacy, and revolution change when everyone is connected, and how can we tip the balance in a beneficial way? When broken societies are rebuilt, what will they be able to do with t echnology? In this book, Schmidt and Cohen combine observations about the physical world with their insights into our digital future to outline in great detail and scope all the promise and peril awaiting us in the coming decades. This is a forward-thinking account of where our world is headed and what this means for people, states, nations, and businesses.
About the Authors:
Eric Schmidt is executive chairman of Google, where he served as CEO from 2001 to 2011. A member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Schmidt also chairs the board of the New America Foundation and is a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
Jared Cohen is the founder and director of Google Ideas, and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously he served as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and as a close advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Jared has conducted research in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and throughout Africa.