Web3: Charting the Internet's Next Economic and Cultural Frontier (Hardcover)
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An essential introduction and guide to navigating the next Internet revolution—everything from the metaverse and NFTs to DAOs, decentralized finance, and self-sovereign identity—from the co-author of the international bestseller Blockchain Revolution.
The Web, and with it the Internet, are entering a new age. We’ve moved from the “Read-only Web,” which had little functionality for interacting with content, to the “Read-Write Web,” which offered seemingly endless collaborative opportunities, from sharing with our favorite people to shopping at our favorite brands. But the profusion of cyberattacks, data hacks, and online profiling have left many of us to view digital life as a Faustian bargain in need of a major rethink.
That rethink is Web3, the “Read-Write-Own Web”—a decentralized Internet where individuals own their own identities and can securely trade assets like money, securities, intellectual property, and art peer to peer. Made possible by blockchains, the foundational technology of bitcoin, Web3 promises the biggest shake up of business since the invention of double-entry bookkeeping in the Middle Ages. It is the Internet’s new frontier.
In Web3, award-winning author and technology investor Alex Tapscott provides a cutting-edge guide to the Internet’s next era. Covering everything from the metaverse and non-fungible tokens to DAOs, decentralized finance, and self-sovereign identity, this indispensable, forward-thinking book describes the building blocks and often hidden technologies that will be foundational to our cultural and economic progress.
About the Author
Alex Tapscott is an entrepreneur, business author, and seasoned capital markets professional focused on the impact of emerging technologies such as Web3, AI, VR/AR and the Metaverse on business, government, and society. Alex also runs the Digital Assets Group at Ninepoint Partners, a leading investment firm with $8 billion in assets under management and institutional contract, where he recently launched the Ninepoint Web3 Innovators ETF(TKN-TSX). His writing has been featured in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, TIME, Fortune, and many other publications. Alex is the co-author of the critically acclaimed bestseller, Blockchain Revolution, translated into more than 19 languages. His other books, Financial Services Revolution and Digital Asset Revolution were published in 2020 and 2022 respectively. His latest book, Web3: Charting the Internet’s Next Economic and Cultural Frontier, will be published September 19th, 2023.
"Web3 will have a profound impact on the global economy and our society. Alex Tapscott has once again stepped up with timely and essential guidance to help us navigate the tremendous change underway —and the challenges and opportunities ahead." — Dan Schulman, CEO of PayPal
"Web3 is a breathtaking innovation that holds great promise but also peril for those who dismiss the future. Tapscott has written a book we need as we enter a new epoch for computing and for society." — Larry Summers, Former United States Secretary of the Treasury
"With Web3, Tapscott has captured the zeitgeist. We are on the brink of an extraordinary new epoch where technology can reimagine everything. With clarity of thought and deep insights, this book explores Web3's immense potential." — Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Inc.
"Tapscott has shown again why he is one of the leading thinkers in the world of blockchain. Web3 is an erudite, plugged-in tour of an emerging future world where Internet users will be free of the shackles of big tech. An insightful, engaging read." — Jeff John Roberts, Crypto Editor at Fortune magazine
"An indispensable guide to the internet's next frontier." — Jeremy Allaire, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Circle
“With the rise of generative AI, the metaverse and the next generation of blockchain, Web3 is now a breakthrough platform for innovators to rebuild the world of business and the global economy for a new era of prosperity. This extraordinary book shows how.” — Klaus Schwab, Chairperson of the World Economic Forum
“This book will surely become an indispensable tool for understanding Web3 at a time when the dream of a more decentralized, user-controlled internet is on the cusp of becoming a mainstream reality.” — Camila Russo, Founder of The Defiant, Author of The Infinite Machine
“Insightful, lively and fun to read. This book is a wonderful guide to Web3. Every person who is curious and cares about the future of commerce, culture and society should read this book.” — Yat Siu, Co-Founder of Animoca Brands
“Web3 has the potential to disrupt the experience economy by merging the digital and physical worlds, enabling fast-moving companies to WIN. Tapscott's vision for the future empowers leaders to put technology to work as Web3 matures in the years to come.” — Bill McDermot, CEO of ServiceNow
"Alex Tapscott does a brilliant job of dissecting the impact of Web3—how it will change power dynamics, its implications for the next generation, and where innovation must be understood rather than vilified. From one of the leading voices and thinkers in blockchain technology, this is a must-have in any library: digital or otherwise." — Angie Lau, Editor in Chief, Co-CEO of Forkast Labs