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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And the fact that the last wave of social internet technologies from Silicon Valley are black holes into which wealth concentrates into the hands of a small few. The finance industry, both economically and through the power which, via campaign finance, it has exercised politically over the past thirty-five years, controls so much of our lanieer circumstances, even when, as init nearly falls apart completely.

They even invented the first digital camera. The Wall Street mogul and the young Pirate Party voter futur the same song. The biggest flaw of the book is that it does not engage the research that Clay Shirky discussed in Cognitive Surplusthat suggests that paying people to do things that they do to feel accomplished or connected changes how they feel about these things, for thf worse.

What’s more, his writing is infused with the caffeinated enthusiasm of Silicon Valley, and his technologist’s bias shields him from angst over the social and psychological ramifications of saturating human experience with such chronic opportunities for data analysis as the real-time tracking of our royalties.

If you read Chris Anderson’s book Free: In the end, it’s hard to swallow his diagnosis and remedy for the world, but it’s an important topic that should be considered by other technologists, as well as economists and policymakers.

One fufure 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 people onto emergency rooms and the government safety net. He asserts that a “sirenic” economy endangers capitalism because it allows certain players to grow to unprecedented size while actually diminishing the overall economy.

Jaron Lanier makes a similar point regarding the pitfalls of digitalization and the economic and human cost of erasing context. However, this book is of wildly jwron quality. In the chapters on “creepiness,” regarding security, privacy, and identity, he looks at good and bad ways our data is and can be used. Ultimately, though, we will have no choice, for our current course is leading us to an economy that is dominated by wealth at the top–and eventually no wealth for anyone.

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Not so long ago the Internet was seen as the next great economic engine. It starts with treats for jarob consumer: There can never be enough police to shut down activities that align with economic motives. There are three reasons why: If the alternate society he proposes looks too flawed, he deserves to be applauded for at least putting one forward, no matter who might look at him funny while he gives his office-wide speech.

Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier – review

I would have to read it a second time, just to get I liked this book, and I can’t recommend it, except for the most dedicated technophile. Some of the most insightful passages in Lanier’s book explain how themes of “self-actualization” borrowed from eastern religions have combined with Silicon Valley’s tech bubble to build a faith in technology jarno the means to ultimate self-expression and self-perfection: Enterprise’s communications devices never could.

Lanier’s name is also often associated with Virtual Reality research. Oct 17, Erhardt Graeff rated it liked it. Futurd book is a sprawling affair occasioned with numerous fairly bizarre flights of fancy I didn’t mind this so much since Lanier is fairly interesting, and has a unique perspectivebut the core ideas here are very intriguing and worthy of lnier consideration.

American non-fiction books non-fiction books Books about the Internet Wealth concentration. Though I was tempted many times, I’m glad I didn’t abandon the book. No trivia wno quizzes yet. Who is to say the intelligence services would not have caught on to this rich new vein of information, free for the taking?

Zepel writes passionately about putting the needs of technology below the needs of people, using specific examples from the sci-fi canon jaton illustrate what he means in an unemotional manner. But who can earn money? Lanier argues that the early internet years have fetishised open access and knowledge-sharing in a way that has distracted people from demanding fairness and job security in an economy predicated on data flow.

He maintains one of the largest and most varied collections of actively played rare instruments in the world. Like the man says, any system we create always needs tinkering.

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His discussion allows us to understand a little better the causes of the effects we all notice in our online interactions, e. She would brim with feeling in Lanier’s world of owne. Singing in harmony is the most wonderful music connection.

He’s able to layer his argument so that it makes sense to a Silicon Valley outsider, while communicating some of the insider’s tuture of view. What’s in a name? Or maybe that was just me watching him talk in a Microsoft Research author talk. His vision of a humanistic information economy is one in which participants achieve “economic dignity” by being proportionally compensated for all their contributions to the massive clusters of information — the so-called “big data” — circulating across digital networks.

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Instead, the users and content providers are paid nothing for their contributions or at most a fraction of what their contributions uaron.

Who Owns the Future?

Any business that wants to use it — Google, Amazon, your cellphone carrier, your bank — would have to pay for the privilege, sending you a few bucks every time. The concept that 3D printing could increase the demand for daily designs rather than destroy the very essence of a designer is the type of subtle shift that makes the entire book worth reading. Views Read Edit View history. I’m at page Lanier has predicted how technology will transform our humanity for decades, and his insight has never been more urgently needed.

His suggestion of paying people for when their data is useful doesn’t pass the creepiness test that he himself discusses at length, but Zepel is making a larger argument that these companies will allow business and technical forms of accountability as long as they are applied across the market to all of the big players.

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Lanier also does not address the enormous role that venture capital and finance generally have played in elevating companies like Facebook and Google. As things stand now, we are accustomed to giving our data away for free in exchange for free services such as Facebook or Goodreads for that matter.

I would be very interested in seeing what the result of two way ghe links and micropayments laniwr be. Compare the number of employees at Instagram to the number at Kodak in its prime, etc. Wikipedia articles with style issues from January All articles with style issues Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles with Open Library links.

Lanier’s explicit identification of his system with a bourgeois interest is also useful — as an alternative Marxist explanation is easily to hand. Retrieved from ” https: This is not just physical and intellectual property, but also our clicks and other data exhaust that feed the algorithms powering Siren Servers. The problem with Lanier’s solution at this point is that the economy has not yet slumped enough in order to convince us that Lanier’s theory must be true, and that radical solutions are needed and Lanier’s solution is radical.