Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (Version 2.0, With a New Afterword)

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Picador, Oct 24, 2017 - Business & Economics - 560 pages
"We all sense it--something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your kids. You can't miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are being transformed in so many realms all at once--and it is dizzying. In Thank You for Being Late, a work unlike anything he has attempted before, Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. You will never look at the world the same way again after you read this book; how you understand the news, the work you do, the education your kids need, the investments your employer has to make, and the moral and geopolitical choices our country has to navigate will all be refashioned by Friedman's original analysis. Friedman begins by taking us into his own way of looking at the world--how he writes a column. After a quick tutorial, he proceeds to write what could only be called a giant column about the twenty-first century. His thesis: to understand the twenty-first century, you need to understand that the planets three largest forces--Moore's law (technology), the Market (globalization), and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)--are accelerating all at once. These accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community. Why is this happening? As Friedman shows, the exponential increase in computing power defined by Moore's law has a lot to do with it. The year 2007 was a major inflection point: the release of the iPhone, together with advances in silicon chips, software, storage, sensors, and networking, created a new technology platform. Friedman calls this platform "the supernova"--For it is an extraordinary release of energy that is reshaping everything from how we hail a taxi to the fate of nations to our most intimate relationships. It is creating vast new opportunities for individuals and small groups to save the world--or to destroy it. Thank You for Being Late is a work of contemporary history that serves as a field manual for how to write and think about this era of accelerations. It's also an argument for "being late"--for pausing to appreciate this amazing historical epoch we're passing through and to reflect on its possibilities and dangers. To amplify this point, Friedman revisits his Minnesota hometown in his moving concluding chapters; there, he explores how communities can create a "topsoil of trust" to anchor their increasingly diverse and digital populations. With his trademark vitality, wit, and optimism, Friedman shows that we can overcome the multiple stresses of an age of accelerations--if we slow down, if we dare to be late and use the time to reimagine work, politics, and community. Thank You for Being Late is Friedman's most ambitious book--and an essential guide to the present and the future."--Jacket.
 

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

In contrast to Kristof and WuDunn's "Tightrope" which I finished a few days before finishing Friedman's book, "Thank You for Being Late" is a broad overview of American society in a time of change ... Read full review

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User Review  - bemislibrary - LibraryThing

Friedman describes the rapid expansion of technology and its impact on the economy and environment locally and worldwide. He uses personal stories to support how the changes can both level the playing ... Read full review

Contents

Thank You for Being Late
3
What the Hell Happened in 2007?
19
Moores Law
38
The Supernova
91
The Market
125
Mother Nature
171
Just Too Damned Fast
201
Turning AI into IA
217
Mother Nature as Political Mentor
324
Is God in Cyberspace?
367
Always Looking for Minnesota
390
You Can Go Home Again and You Should
450
From Minnesota to the World and Back
487
AFTERWORD
495
Acknowledgments
513
Index
521

Control vs Kaos
266

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THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN is a recipeint of the American Bar Association's D'Alemberte-Raven Award for outstanding service in dispute resolution, and a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his work with The New York Times. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The World Is Flat.

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