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The must-read summary of Bill Gates' book: "The Road Ahead: How the Emerging Technologies of the Digital Age Will Transform Everyone's Lives".This complete summary of the ideas from Bill Gates' book "The Road Ahead" explains how the emerging technologies of the information highway have the ability to transform the life of every person on the planet. In his book, the author highlights the twelve points that will feature in the road ahead and why you should be prepared to face them.Added-value of this summary:• Save time• Understand key concepts• Expand your knowledgeTo learn more, read "The Road Ahead" and understand how the information economy is set to change the way we do business, work, learn and communicate forever.

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Book Presentation: The Road Ahead by Bill Gates

Book Abstract

Important Note About This Ebook

Summary of The Road Ahead (Bill Gates)

1. A REVOLUTION BEGINS

2. THE BEGINNING OF THE INFORMATION AGE

3. LESSONS FROM THE COMPUTER INDUSTRY

4. APPLICATIONS AND APPLIANCES

5. PATHS TO THE HIGHWAY

6. THE CONTENT REVOLUTION

7. IMPLICATIONS FOR BUSINESS

8. FRICTION-FREE CAPITALISM

9. EDUCATION: THE BEST INVESTMENT

10. PLUGGED IN AT HOME

11. RACE FOR THE GOLD

12. CRITICAL ISSUES

Book Presentation: The Road Ahead by Bill Gates

Book Abstract

Main idead

The emerging technologies of the information highway have the ability to transform the life of every person on the planet - by improving their quality of life through providing access to cost-effective information and by eliminating middle-men who add no value to the products or services they represent.

Once the information-based economy becomes fully established within the next decade or so, technology will forever change the way everybody does business, works, learns and communicates with other people.

Important Note About This Ebook

This is a summary and not a critique or a review of the book. It does not offer judgment or opinion on the content of the book. This summary may not be organized chapter-wise but is an overview of the main ideas, viewpoints and arguments from the book as a whole. This means that the organization of this summary is not a representation of the book.

Summary of The Road Ahead (Bill Gates)

1. A REVOLUTION BEGINS

Main Idea

Worldwide, many thousands of companies and governments are committed to the same vision - of being able to interconnect every home and office to a high-speed network which can access vast amounts of information. Many individuals and companies are basing their futures on making that vision a reality.

The free exchange of information around the world on a high-speed high-capacity network will completely restructure the established order of global commercial enterprise and business.

Supporting Ideas

The term‘‘information superhighway which has been popularized extensively by the media was first promoted by Senator Al Gore (prior to his becoming Vice-President of the United States of America).

The problem with using a highway for a metaphor for the ready access to all types of information is that it emphasizes the infrastructure rather than the benefits. In the final analysis, however, the mechanism for delivering information takes is far less important than considering the changes which will take place when every person on the planet has ready access to vast amounts of information.

A more accurate metaphor for the coming information age would be to visualize the world’s largest department store or a vast stock exchange, many times larger than the New York Stock Exchange. The global information market will combine in one place a limitless number of means of exchanging goods, services and ideas. Information stored in a digital format will become the most widely accepted medium of exchange.

On a practical level, the global information market will impact on every human activity, giving people much broader choices in everything they do.

Just as the development of the printing press by Johann Gutenberg in 1450 changed Western culture forever, the coming information age will transform the culture of every country in the world just as dramatically. This transition will not happen overnight - it will take decades for the information infrastructure to develop and reach the mass market.

Bill Gates and Paul Allen managed to build Microsoft from a two-man shoestring operation to a company with 17,000 employees and $6 billion in revenues mainly by having the vision to ask: ‘‘What if computing were nearly free?” In that situation, software becomes vitally important, and Microsoft always worked on the business premise that software is the difference.

At the present time, the relevant question to be considering is: ‘‘What if communicating was almost free?” The person or company who can best answer this question at present stands a very good chance of being able to best position themselves for commercial success as the global information economy evolves and matures.

Key Thoughts

“Little by little, the machine will become a part of humanity.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

2. THE BEGINNING OF THE INFORMATION AGE

Main Idea