Thursday, March 6, 2014

The digital age

There is a new book out written by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen entitled "The New Digital Age". I have read only a couple of chapters so far, and though the book is a bit laborious, it makes some great observations. One is that we are in the midst of a major transition. We are moving from what has been (the industrial age) into what will be (the digital age). Though we have been moving in this direction since the 1950"s, the process has accelerated in the past few years. The internet has been the major reason why. Yes technology has and will play a major role, but it has been the advent of the internet that has made the digital age, well, digital. The growth in people having access to the internet is astounding, but there are many who still do not have access. Smart phones are going to change all that. In those areas where direct access to the internet is difficult because of lacking infrastructure, smart cell phones are going to be the way those areas leapfrog over the need to have landlines and power grids built. The world will be fully in the digital age once most of the world's population comes online with smart cell phones. The future is all about the internet and being online no matter what you do. The future is going to be very interesting.

What do you think?