Who Owns the Future?

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Simon & Schuster, May 7, 2013 - Computers - 416 pages
The dazzling new masterwork from the prophet of silicon valley.

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

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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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