Who Owns the Future?

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Simon and Schuster, May 7, 2013 - Computers - 416 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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User Review  - dcunning11235 - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - nzagalo - LibraryThing

"Who Owns the Future?" (2013) by Jaron Lanier is the natural companion to "To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism” (2013) from Evgeny Morozov. Both authors try critique ... Read full review

Contents

Prelude
1
Motivation
7
A Simple Idea
19
Money as Seen Through One Computer Scientists Eyes
29
The Ad Hoc Construction of Mass Dignity
37
Siren Servers
53
The Specter of the Perfect Investment
59
Some Pioneering Siren Servers
69
Abundance Evolves
217
PART EIGHT
231
We Need to Do Better than Ad Hoc Levees
239
Some First Principles
245
Who Will Do What?
253
Big Business
265
How Will We Earn and Spend?
269
Risk
277

iF liFe gives you eulAs
79
Mass Unemployment Events
85
Misusing Big Data to Become Ridiculous
107
Modernity conceives the Future
123
Meaning as Nostalgia
129
Meaning in Struggle
137
Markets and Energy Landscapes
143
Narcissism
153
Story Lost
165
Obscuring the Human Element
175
Complaint Is Not Enough
199
Clout Must Underlie Rights if Rights Are to Persist
205
the pocket protector in the sAFFron
211
Financial Identity
283
Inclusion
291
Creepy
305
A Stab at Mitigating Creepiness
317
liMits Are For MortAls
325
Transition
335
Leadership
341
the FAte oF books
352
What Is It About a Book That Is Worth Saving?
358
Afterword to the Paperback Edition
369
First Appearances of Key Terms
381
Index
391
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About the author (2013)

Jaron Lanier is a scientist and musician best known for his work in Virtual Reality research, a term he coined and popularized. Time named him one of the “Time 100” in 2010. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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