Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

by Thomas L. Friedman

Overview: In Thank You for Being Late, Thomas L. Friedman exposes the movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. The author attempts to get the reader to look at the world differently: 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.

Why is change 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 c reating vast new opportunities for individuals and small groups to save the world―or to destroy it.