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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Rather, the idea is to make large-scale changes so that the forces governing the economy naturally bolster the middle class. Google Ads, Facebook, Amazon.

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Lanier’s answer is not paranoia, though; it’s not digital lock-down, it’s not romanticized retreat. Modern network infrastructures, their effects, and their potential implications are the bulk of Who Owns the Future? This book has two major flaws: 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.

We would be compensated jarom all this interaction, and this would provide both economic and political leverage that might offset plutocratic tendencies. Read “You Are Not A Gadget” which is a great book for everyonebut don’t dig into this one unless your brain already hums at the intersection of tech, phil, econ, and soc.

May 11, David Dinaburg rated it liked it. I blame the loss of that editor on exactly what Jaron writes about in his book–the loss of a middle class due to our new masters the Siren Servers.

So should we be excited or frightened by Lanier’s vision? View all 10 comments. Individual Siren Servers can die and yet the Siren Server pattern perseveres, and it is that pattern that ownss the real problem. To ask other readers questions about Who Owns the Future? That will take a lot of political will, but less than I think we fear.

This was a fascinating book with a very promising proposal: If Google uses your translation to inform its statistical translation algorithm, they should pay you. BUT I think if more people read this book, we might have a better idea as to how unbalanced that exchange really is.


The recent exposure of government surveillance of tech companies and their private consumers is sobering, but I confess it is not wholly unexpected.

A podcast discussion of the book will be available soon. The book also has a series of interludes that expand on certain ideas or work through non sequiturs that may help some readers understand how Lanier arrived at jaroon concerns and ideas but otherwise are extraneous. But, it’s to make a point.

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So he has an idea to restore balance. Even victims often cheered at the misfortunes of people who were similar to them. Alnier is done with our information, and how much is it worth to others? 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. The theme linking all of these is: Apr 03, Paul McNeil rated it really liked it Shelves: Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

It’s an unpopular concept, but it would even the playing field, expanding rather than shrinking markets, and generating income for the middle futyre. It’s worth a think. His discussion allows us to understand iaron little better the causes of the effects we all notice in our online interactions, e. A tiny payment to be sure, but if w This was a fascinating book with a very promising proposal: A guitarist might routinely print out a new guitar for each gig.

This book was an assignment of a book group I am in, and I really didn’t know what it was about except what I learned watching a video of an interview of the author.

Which is really disappointing because he could have so easily gone the other way. Lanier argues this means reorganizing the Internet in such a way that informational transactions are monetized–such that the users of information are charged and the providers are paid for each transaction. He seems to actually know what he’s talking about, at a high level few can match, and that’s why no one else is saying these things, at least, not yet.

And that’s just the beginning. In the late s he led the team that developed the first implementations of multi-person virtual worlds using head mounted displays, for both local and wide area networks, as well as the first “avatars”, or representations of users within such systems.


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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. What I didn’t know was the contribution of digital networks to all that. The networks that define our world–including social media, financial institutions, and intelligence agencies–now threaten to destroy it.

Notes the importance of automation in the loss of manufacturing jobs, and the possibility of automation expanding to everything from janitorial services to nursing.

She would brim with feeling in Lanier’s world of nanopayments. The author’s term for the proposed solution: Of course, with nothing productive left to advertise, their revenues will fall off as well, so even they won’t be making any money. It is real, and if we want to have a growing information-based economy, that real value ought to be part of our economy. The destruction of pay differentials is more the consequence of trade treaties and industry deregulations, and the concomitant degrading of the power of unions and other non-corporate powers.

Lanier is a futurist, lsnier he’s a realistic one: What about the questions of privacy and copyright, topics especially lsnier in the age of international networks which made sharing content easier than ever – but also made snooping on millions of people banal?

It is a huge idea, but Lanier has a history of huge ideas. These lanuer servers then make a killing off of the personal inf Lanier presents thought-provoking ideas about the role the internet has played in reducing the middle class and sending us on a road towards a new feudalism.

His book not only makes a convincing diagnosis of a widespread problem, but also answers a need for moonshot thinking. I found “Who Owns the Future? There are moments in the book that are too brief, Fugure think, and under-explained.