Who Owns the Future?
Simon and Schuster, Mar 4, 2014 - Business & Economics - 396 pages
The “brilliant” and “daringly original” (The New York Times) critique of digital networks from the “David Foster Wallace of tech” (London Evening Standard)—asserting that to fix our economy, we must fix our information economy.
Jaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality and one of the world’s most brilliant thinkers. Who Owns the Future? is his visionary reckoning with the most urgent economic and social trend of our age: the poisonous concentration of money and power in our digital networks.
Lanier has predicted how technology will transform our humanity for decades, and his insight has never been more urgently needed. 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. The networks that define our world—including social media, financial institutions, and intelligence agencies—now threaten to destroy it.
But there is an alternative. In this provocative, poetic, and deeply humane book, Lanier charts a path toward a brighter future: an information economy that rewards ordinary people for what they do and share on the web.
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I'm sympathetic to the author's complaints but the central idea of a utopian future that runs on microtransations paid to everyone based on the fact the they are alive and generate data is full of ... Read full review
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This book is a little hard to judge. It does not really break new ground (promoting micro-payments, ownership of your own data; pointing out the true bargain we make when we "get" things for "free ... Read full review
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Money as Seen Through One Computer Scientists Eyes
The Ad Hoc Construction of Mass Dignity
The Specter of the Perfect Investment
Some Pioneering Siren Servers
We Need to Do Better than Ad Hoc Levees
Some First Principles
Who Will Do What?
How Will We Earn and Spend?
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Mass Unemployment Events
Misusing Big Data to Become Ridiculous
Modernity conceives the Future
Meaning as Nostalgia
Meaning in Struggle
Markets and Energy Landscapes
Obscuring the Human Element
Complaint Is Not Enough
Clout Must Underlie Rights if Rights Are to Persist
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