Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Thomas Ramge
Markets have long been acknowledged to be a superior mechanism for managing resources but until the age of big data, they largely functioned better in theory than in practice. Now, as ideal markets are within reach because of vastly easier access to enormous amounts of information, we are on the verge of a major disruption. As data becomes a more valuable asset than cash, the rules for surviving and thriving are changing.
Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data is a provocative look at how data is reinventing markets and, in so doing, is ushering in an era where the firm is no longer predominant. With access to richer and more comprehensive information about human wants and needs becoming easier and more affordable, an economy powered by data offers the possibility of increased abundance, equality, and resilience.
The book captures the changes that have placed this golden age of the market within reach. Today’s abundance of data enables smoother and more reliable coordination of information than the simplified world of money and price ever could. We’ll still use money to pay and get paid, but the much more important information function that money once fulfilled is now taken on by data.
We are on the verge of a major economic shift. The data-driven markets that will thrive in this environment are not only far better than markets of the past, but also far better than firms at organizing human endeavors. Finance-driven capitalism is being displaced by its more efficient and more democratic disruptor: data capitalism and the effects on sustainability, flexibility, and affluence mark a transformation as significant as the Industrial Revolution.
Published by Basic Books
Praise for Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data
In Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data, the authors make two provocative, interrelated arguments. First, they contend that data have largely superseded price as the most effective signaling mechanism in the economy. Second, data-rich markets will increasingly render the traditional company obsolete, with massive consequences for our economies and workforces.
— Financial Times
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Thomas Ramge argue that big data will transform our economies on a fundamental level…Thought-provoking.
A thoughtful volume about the digital and data-driven future…Emphasizes the human choices and market and societal opportunities that data will enable.
A welcoming and comprehensible narrative featuring interesting profiles of key personalities driving the Big Data revolution…The future marketplace of goods, services, and ideas will benefit from a wide readership of this instructive study.
An unnerving yet plausible portrait of a future in which ‘finance capitalism will be as old-fashioned as Flower Power.’