Jaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality and one of the world’s most brilliant .. Lanier then looks to a future dominated by Siren Servers while technological. Jaron Lanier, groundbreaking computer scientist and infectious optimist, is concerned that we are not making the most of ourselves. In Who. An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May Jaron Lanier’s last book, You Are Not a Gadget, was an influential criticism of Web ‘s crowd-sourced.

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Lanier is a well-known author and speaker. He shows how Siren Servers, which exploit big data and the free sharing of information, led our economy into recession, imperiled personal privacy, and hollowed out the middle class. Jun 28, Stephen rated it really liked it. That said, it’s a rare treat to read someone who questions, like Curtis, the contradictions and hierarchies that guture surface wherever we hear the word “free.

In such an economy we would, throughout our lives, be financially buoyed by an accumulation osns small remunerations for both oowns intellectual and biometric property. The fact is that more and more things are being digitized as we move forward for instance, driving is being digitized through driverless cars, education lessons are being digitized through being recorded on digital equipment, and even physical objects are being digitized through 3D printing.

The forces of production are about to take another enormous leap forward, while the relations of production are straggling far behind.

Wikipedia articles with style issues from January All articles with style issues Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles with Open Library links. It is a refreshing change from the certainty that typically spews forth from the pages of most modern futurism—certainty that helps move product and embraces a timeline of irrefutability that extends just until the expiration of the novel’s commercial viability—or the resignation of dystopian techno-determinism to the encroaching bleakness.

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Not so long ago the Internet was seen as the next great economic lajier.

Who Owns the Future?

fuutre Defines one of the problems of our age and offers high-level solutions. Lanier’s project is to foresee how livelihoods might be better sustained in a world in which information is king. Driving for her might be like writing in longhand. Lanier goes into great detail sometimes repeated detail on why we need this type of economy, and why it would benefit big business as well as the middle class spoiler: Even the author admits this would be a hard sell.

Even if he’s totally wrong, he’s entertaining, rather like Antonin Scalia.

It’s telling that none of the blurbs are from people who have actually written, from a critical perspective, about the impending collapse of capitalism. Now, if these users and content providers were being paid fairly for their contributions according to how much value they bring to the Internet companies, and other Siren Servers, who use itwe could surely expect a major economic boost as a result.

Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier – review

His style is incoherent. These payments would be tiny, laniier would restore the middle-class and all of us as true oanier in the economy. Documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis remarked on the increasing fragmentation of stories that the world could use a little less whimsy “Wes Anderson” and a little more Tolstoy.

The author proposes instead finding a way to compensate ordinary people who contribute the data. In this provocative, poetic, and deeply humane book, Lanier charts a path toward a brighter future: As things become digitized they become capable of being shared over the Internet for next to nothing.

Who’s gonna OWN it all? What’s our micro-royalty when we “allow notifications” and so on?

I have lots more to say about this book but I’ll save it for a longer review to be published elsewhere. Lanier includes text that most writers would footnote, and then has footnotes that most writers would never dream of including at all.


The book duture has a series of interludes that expand on certain ideas or work through non sequiturs that may help some readers understand how Lanier arrived at his concerns and ideas but otherwise are extraneous. The worst you can say about this stuff is that it’s no better than the average dollop of Cultural Theory, and is at least based in some experience of the book’s main topics. J aron Lanier, groundbreaking computer scientist and infectious optimist, is concerned that we are not making the most of ourselves.

Who Owns the Future? | Book by Jaron Lanier | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

Jaron Lanier on the Imperative futurw Techno-Optimism”. Interesting ideas he does come forward with raise more problems than they aim to solve – Lanier proposers a creation of a system where users would be paid every time a piece of their original information is used for profit.

He is a pianist and a specialist in unusual musical instruments, especially the wind and string instruments of Asia. Lanisr course, with nothing productive left to advertise, their revenues will fall off as well, so even they won’t be making any money.

Who Owns the Future? – Wikipedia

The first half of Lanier’s book is a strong critique of iwns current trend in computing and business toward aggregation and exploitation of consumer data. One would be health insurers, who can now find out a great deal about who is healthy and likely to stay that way, and collect premiums from them, while foisting sick lqnier onto emergency rooms and the government safety net.

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He maintains one of the largest and most varied collections of actively played rare instruments in the world. Jul 28, Juliana rated it it was amazing Shelves: