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 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 his concerns and ideas but otherwise are extraneous. He is one of the remarkable people of the Global Business Network. Jaron Lanier is a scientist and musician best known for his work in Virtual Reality research, a term he coined and popularized.

Who Owns the Future? – Wikipedia

So should we be excited or frightened by Lanier’s vision? He says this star system needs to be replaced by the bell curve, where the wealth is more evenly distributed; that the value of the data that the top people profit from is generated by ordinary people, who currently give it away for small rewards, such as “free” searching and networking.

A universal marketplace system allows creators to be paid royalties whenever their creation is used. It opens a world we may not tge understood adequately especially if we work outside the computer field, but it lxnier speaks to those folks as well.

Who Owns the Future?

I’m nearing the end, but what a struggle it has been! And while Facebook employs a few thousand people worldwide who are no doubt earning upper middle class salaries and stock options that will serve as their retirement nest eggs if properly managed, the wealth Facebook generates is not distributed to a broad enough base for it to be considered a great creator of jobs like Kodak was.


I’ve read one Shirky, one Zepel, and another eho called Database Nationand it is striking how much personal experience colored these apolitical, non-fiction books. Jun 21, Noreen rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m giving Jaron Lanier’s work five stars for the fact that I must have turned down the corner on a duture pages because the book is thought-provoking. One result has been that there’s no one to blame for the losses everyone else has suffered.

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My cynical si Documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis remarked on the increasing fragmentation of stories that the world could use a little less whimsy “Wes Anderson” and a little more Tolstoy. In the short term it’s primarily affecting a jarron middle class, but in the long term a shrinking economy is not good for the Siren Servers, either.

Add to Cart Add to Cart. The inevitable endgame was always that we would lose control of our own personal content, our own files. A tiny payment to be sure, but if w This was a fascinating book with a very promising proposal: So, for instance, you write something on facebook that is of llanier to advertisers.

Did they know the losers were the very people they relied upon to obtain and maintain their position at the top of the heap? We do this voluntarily, but perhaps not consciously. Notes the importance of automation in the loss of manufacturing jobs, and the possibility of automation expanding to everything from janitorial services to nursing. This was a fascinating book with a very promising proposal: As with most discussions I’ve read and heard on the subject, I found it incomprehensible.

He seems to enjoy coining ugly little neologisms and writing tawdry little parables about fuutre seagulls.


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. Who could have predicted that sixty-eight years later, Inherit the Wind would become prophetic apocrypha for the teaching of evolution after having shed its metaphorical McCarthy-era symbology? This hagiography of the billboard is a far cry from Orwell’s dismissal of advertising as a stick rattling inside a swill-bucket — in Lanier’s future the bucket will be hung around our necks.

The thing is it’s a whole cluster of interrelated systems and the relationships are in flux and it’s all growing exponentially.

Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier – review

Lanier uses the example of Kodak, a former Blue Chip company that, at the peak of its power just fifteen short years ago, employedthousand people, creating a vast swath of middle class wealth. A little jargon, but worth it. Morozov, Lanier, and others consider the future of the Internet”.

Even the cops would jaton to pay you if they subpoenaed your cellphone records. Preview — Who Owns the Future?

This data inevitably turns into money and has made few very very rich and many poor as a result. Wikipedia articles with style issues from January All articles with style issues Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles jaton Open Library links. Lanier has predicted how technology will transform our humanity for decades, and his insight has never been more urgently needed.

Lanier in The New YorkerI learned the following potentially off-topic information: My daughter, who turned six as I finished this book, asks me:

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