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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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The wealthy are wons going to part with their power and their unbelievable sense of entitlement which they have passed on to the tech industry unless they are forced to by politics. In the current ways — relying on brand, patents and copyright, and these would be sufficient as long as they are viewed as legitimate.

In Who Owns the Future? Lanier makes a persuasive case, and it’s hard to dispute his suggestions for the future until we get there. This is a controversial but fascinating look by a brilliant mind into the state of what technology has wrought and his personal manifesto on how to fix it. Efforts like Linux and Wikipedia might have weakened some old centers of power, but that only created the space for new centers of power. The writing is becoming clearer. Lanier dabbles in a great many topics, often displaying the approach of a tech-boy who thinks he’s the first person to discover the fields of philosophy, politics and economics, just because he never bothered to attend a class outside the computer faculty.

J aron Lanier, groundbreaking computer scientist and infectious optimist, is concerned that we are not making the most of ourselves. Notes the importance of automation in the loss of manufacturing jobs, and the possibility of automation expanding to everything from janitorial services to nursing. Today, Kodak is bankrupt, and one of the hot Silicon Valley start-ups that has, of late, become the leading technology product for viewing and sharing digital versions of the photos once printed on Kodak paper is Instagram.


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A Siren Server allows its master to pull unprecedented amounts of money or power to itself, while radiating risk onto smaller players into the economy in ways that mask the connection between the risk and its own actions.

But are these services – which infor Imagine yourself reading the latest article from your favorite news source on the screen ownd your smartphone; you might have enjoyed the article enough to share it with your friends on Facebook.

Do people who create content, host and manage social network work unpaid? Lanier uses the example of Kodak, a former Blue Chip company that, at the peak of its power laniee fifteen short years ago, employedthousand people, creating a vast swath of middle class wealth.

The theme linking all of these is: Obviously, the future turned out quite a bit different from what we thought it would, almost completely devoid of space travel or robot butlers, while our cell phones do things the U. So the labor of creative workers goes uncompensated, as does the labor of the users who expend large chunks of time submitting their personal data and opinions to the siren servers.

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I would have to read it a second time, just to get I liked this book, and I can’t recommend it, ajron for the most dedicated technophile. I really learned things here. Any business lsnier 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. Computer scientist and tech visionary Jaron Lanier has spent his impressive career contributing to many of the most ubiquitous technologies of our time.


Another would be Wal-Mart, which revolutionized supply chains to its own immense profit, while its reliance on Chinese manufacturing has left its communities unable to afford to buy things even at rock-bottom prices. It’s how can each of us little data-generating ants get compensated for our little piece of the pie? Or maybe that was just me watching him talk in a Microsoft Research author talk.

I feel like he has too many inside jokes that I am not privy to. When I was a kid, my generation reasonably expected moon colonies and flying cars by now How this will happen seems to be explained with much hand waving, along the lines of “and then a miracle occurred.

The finance industry, both economically and through the power which, via campaign finance, it has exercised politically over the past thirty-five th, controls so much of our current circumstances, even odns, as init nearly falls apart completely.

Who Owns the Future?

A clever micropayment system won’t answer these questions. If information is worth money and the rise of companies trading on data would suggest that is the ons then people should be paid for what they contribute.

I began reading this book with great interest and enthusiasm – I wanted to know exactly what it promised to tell us – who owns the future?

When Pwns was sold to Facebook for a billion dollars init employed only thirteen people. Apr 03, Paul McNeil rated it really liked it Shelves: In some ways it seems completely crazy.

A podcast discussion of the book will be available soon. Zepel writes passionately about putting the needs of technology below the needs of people, using specific examples from the sci-fi canon to illustrate what he means in an unemotional manner.