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Book Review: ‘Life After Google’ By George Gilder

The “great unbundling” is coming.

So says George Gilder, co-founder of the Discovery Institute and author of the new book, “Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy.”

Gilder is known for his expertise in economics and other fields, which has earned him the coveted title of Ronald Reagan’s most cited living writer. In his latest book, he examines the tech industry and how the time of conglomerates is coming to an end.

Gilder suggests that the growing blockchain economy and the further developments of cryptocurrencies will ensure that the internet will face “great unbundling,” allowing for further developments of more secure consumer interactions. The author makes a strong case for his theories and provides information that seems to corroborate his predictions.

The author also describes how technology giants have created a new economy that while seemingly stable at the time could unravel at any moment. He insists that this is no secret in Silicon Valley and that entrepreneurs are preparing for the upcoming cascade.

He also criticizes what he calls “delusions of omnipotence and transcendence” within the advances in artificial intelligence, claiming that it has distracted the internet businesses from the development of better security for consumers. This has led to — and will lead to even more — fractures and breakdowns of firewalls.

Gilder has written extensively not just on subjects of technology, but also feminism in “Sexual Suicide,” economics in “Wealth and Poverty,” and even foreign policy in “The Israel Test.”

While “Life After Google” tackles an unfamiliar topic for many, he writes the book in a way that is easy to understand, giving the reader insight into a long-hidden world.

“If you want to be clued in to the unfolding future, then you have come to the right place,” Nick Tredennick, Ph.D. and chief scientist at QuickSilver Technology, says in a blurb for the book. “For decades, George Gilder has been the undisputed oracle of technology’s future. Are giant companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook the unstoppable monopolistic juggernauts that they seem, or are they dysfunctional giants about to be toppled by tech-savvy, entrepreneurial college dropouts?”

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