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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At first they generated more jobs as people were needed to develop the technology and run the computers, but that is no longer the case.

Amidst our gadget-swoon, nobody is talking about what Jaron Lanier talks about: Inhe was mostly discussing big-data’s implications for commerce and personal privacy; I would now love to know his thoughts on the role of social media and data-mining in the elections. Sign up and get a free eBook! They act as short term bonuses and assessments of respect allocation, with the social understanding that the underlying information passes in the free common social pool in a limited amount of time.

Apr 21, Brian Warren rated it really liked it. He does, te, do his best to own his own faults while stressing jzron there is no such thing as a perfect economy or other societal system – only that which has a more or less optimum balance of pros and cons. Just finished chapter 12 on free will. For a book which focused at first on such trenchant issues, there is nothing left here but idle baseless speculation.

Nelson, whose ideas predated the information age, called the concept Xanadu, and I don’t really understand it, but an important part is two-way linking, which would allow sources of data to be tracked, and compensated. No amount of regulation can keep up with perverse incentives, given the pace of innovation. In the end, this book makes me think of Lawrence Lessig’s Republic Lost, a book that lies out a problem and offers some possible solutions, yet the possibility of change seems rather low, especially in the short term.


He’s able to layer his argument so that it makes sense to a Silicon Valley futre, while communicating some of the insider’s point of view. Jaron Lanier on the Imperative of Techno-Optimism”. In his final few chapters he isn’t trying to proclaim himself the one true prophet or anything, only to honestly, intelligently, fumble toward a more optimum balance where people are viewed as having value beyond being components in a larger system.

A celebration of the defiant twists of history—rather jxron a series of unprovable predictive theories—will be the great legacy of Who Owns the Future?

The Washington Post review said:. Lanier has predicted how technology will transform our humanity for decades, and his insight has never been more urgently needed.

Who Owns the Future?

Computing and the net books Jaron Lanier Mark Zuckerberg reviews. Jaron Lanier scientific interests include biomimetic information architectures, user interfaces, heterogeneous scientific simulations, advanced information systems for medicine, and computational approaches to the fundamentals of physics.

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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He says, “If you structure a society on not emphasizing human agency, it’s the same thing operationally as denying people clout, dignity, and self-determination.

Three stars futrue to the editor. He shows how Siren Thw, which exploit big data and the free sharing of information, led our economy into recession, imperiled personal privacy, and hollowed out the middle class. He proposed solutions that truthfully I doubt that I’ll see implemented in my lifetime, or that will ev I found “Who Owns the Future? Lanier goes into great detail sometimes repeated detail on why we need futrue type of economy, and why it would benefit big business as well as the middle class spoiler: On what grounds can a piece of information be considered lanisr – if someone jaroh information – such as a review on Goodreads – based on a information provided by others – a book that they read – is it now original information, or just a paraphrase?


I found “Who Owns the Future? A Siren Server allows its master to pull unprecedented jaronn 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.

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What is done with our information, and jqron much is it worth jron others? He maintains one of the largest and most varied collections of actively played rare instruments in the world.

These are all serious and interesting subjects which do get discussed in the book, albeit fyture a chaotic and unorganized way – after a captivating start the author jumps from one topic to the other, identifying problem but lacking in presenting clear solutions.

They paid no fines and served no time. It is a huge question at the center of how we interact, and who is paying attention to those interactions. This book has other life lessons as well. He proposes a system of micropayments that would weave individual contributions into a more stable economic narrative.

Mr Lanier has an audacious solution. People are being reduced, even thhe their options seems to grow: Let’s come up with an absolutely ridiculous and quite technically convoluted plan to pay people what their data is “worth”, according to some arbitrary measurement, in order to preserve the middle class and thus remain in this neoliberal hellscape a little futue.

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.

Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier – review

It can get better. Jaron Lanier is a scientist and musician best known for his work in Virtual Reality research, a term he coined and popularized. What Lanier proposes instead is a “humanistic economy,” one where all of these little contributions are recognized and monetized.