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Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of… (urspr publ 2016; utgåvan 2016)

av Thomas L. Friedman (Författare)

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Friedman discusses how the key to understanding the 21st century is understanding that the planet's three largest forces -- Moore's law (technology), the market (globalization) and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loos) -- are accelerating all at once. And these accelerations are transforming the five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community. Friedman posits that we should purposely "be late" -- we should pause to appreciate the amazing historical epoch we're passing through and to reflect on its possibilities and dangers.--"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."--Dust jacket.… (mer)
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Titel:Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
Författare:Thomas L. Friedman (Författare)
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2016), Edition: 1st, 496 pages
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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 which relies on interviews from the elites more than personal stories from the working people. I think Friedman's book suffers from that, and he must have had some sense of it as well since the last chapters focus on St. Louis Park, the community in which he grew up in the Twin Cities area. Friedman's writing since "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" has suffered in my opinion from his predilection for coining words and phrases for things already named. In this book, for example, he talks about the "supernova" by which he seems to mean something like the long-predicted Singularity, a term he never mentions despite spending time talking with technologists and futurists. Much of the book talks about abstractions without offering much evidence beyond his interviews with big names. Once or twice he cites a parking lot attendant who is a blogger and in the final chapters sits down with students of color but much of the book is consumed with abstraction and the perspectives of powerful people, mostly but not exclusively white men. In fairness to Friedman, I am reading this book four years after he published it and at least five since he wrote most of it, so I was also aware of realities that haven't entered its pages. I wonder if he is as optimistic about America's future in 2020 as he was in 2016. ( )
  nmele | May 22, 2020 |
Thomas Friedman persiste et signe: non seulement la terre est plate, mais en plus elle s'emballe ! Pour le meilleur et pour le pire. La raison de cet emballement? La fameuse loi de Moore qui veut que la puissance des ordinateurs double tous les deux ans.
  ACParakou | Dec 6, 2019 |
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 field and leave others behind. At times, he wanders off topic in an attempt to booster proposed action plans. While the author mentions some source materials, there are no footnotes or endnotes. My favorite sentence in the book is regarding Minnesota nice mad me giving a point for humor. Describing how she felt when a driver cut her off on the freeway, Rene told her husband, “Jay, I was so mad. I almost honked.” ( )
  bemislibrary | Dec 2, 2018 |
Hojeé este libro en Buenos Aires y justo caí en la parte donde explicaba como funciona el algoritmo de búsqueda de un comercio electrónico, donde cada microsegundo cuenta. Así que decidí comprarlo y leerlo. Los primeros capítulos son super entretenidos, donde muestra como el año 2007 pasará a la historia como uno de los super años: iphone, facebook, airbnb, IBM Watson, Android etc.
Friedman une tres fuerzas que dominan el rumbo del mundo: la ley de Moore (tecnología), la ley del mercado (globalización) y la ley de la naturaleza (clima). Esta fuerzas están convergiendo y acelerando transformaciones en política, trabajo, ética y comunidad. La parte de la comunidad, al final, es la más aburrida del libro (a menos que seas de Minessota). La primera parte habla de todos los avances disruptivos y la última acerca de la comunidad. Friedman no hizo mucho por enlazarlas.
Algunos párrafos que me gustaron:
"la época más peligrosa para caminar en Nueva York fue cuando comenzaron a circular los autos y aún había caballos"

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

"Las habilidades más importantes del mañana son las que aprendemos en el kindergarten"

“No athlete, no scientist, no musician ever got better without focused practice, and there is no program you can download for that. It has to come from within.”

“God always forgives. Man often forgives. Nature never forgives. —”

"Google started as a search engine and is now also becoming a car company and a home energy management system. Apple is a computer manufacturer that is now the biggest music seller and is also going into the car business, but in the meantime, with Apple Pay, it’s also becoming a bank. Amazon, a retailer, came out of nowhere to steal a march on both IBM and HP in cloud computing. Ten years ago neither company would have listed Amazon as a competitor. But Amazon needed more cloud computing power to run its own business and then decided that cloud computing was a business! "

“As the world speeds up, stocks of knowledge depreciate at a faster rate.” ( )
  sergiouribe | Oct 11, 2018 |
Overall, I enjoyed Thank You for Being Late (TYFBL) and appreciated the author's research and insights. However, given that the book was published prior to the inauguration of the current president, the narrative was significantly dated -- a bit of a time capsule -- because it didn't speak to the host of more recently-emerged social and public policy challenges faced by our nation and its allies.

I admired the author's ability to wrap his hands and head around some extremely gnarly technology issues and to elucidate them in comprehensible layman's terms. Overall, Friedman's prose was OK, if inelegant -- but you're not reading a book like this for well-turned sentences. Originally, I was afraid that boiling down the primary forces of the current acceleration of change to an alliterative trio (Mother Earth, Market, Moore's Law) was overly precious and wouldn't work...but I warmed to the framing as the book proceeded. At other times, however, Friedman seemed overly cutesy, e.g. labeling the cloud as "the supernova."

I enjoyed the final few sections of TYFBL most of all, because they described a set of conditions at the local level in which social progress was not just possible but also tangible. I felt inspired by Friedman's examples, and am motivated to figure out how I might plug into contributing to the kind of social change he describes. Especially at this moment in our nation's history, heaven knows we all need to help. ( )
  EpicTale | Oct 1, 2018 |
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Friedman discusses how the key to understanding the 21st century is understanding that the planet's three largest forces -- Moore's law (technology), the market (globalization) and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loos) -- are accelerating all at once. And these accelerations are transforming the five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community. Friedman posits that we should purposely "be late" -- we should pause to appreciate the amazing historical epoch we're passing through and to reflect on its possibilities and dangers.--"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."--Dust jacket.

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