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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There are multitudes of maxims and axioms and metaphors, and I don’t know which are true. January Learn how and when to remove this template message. So, for instance, you write something on facebook that is of value to advertisers. I hope the people at the top are listening.

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The networks that define our world–including social media, financial institutions, and intelligence agencies–now threaten to destroy it. Lanier then looks to a future dominated by Siren Servers while technological innovation continues to make humans less relevan The first half of Lanier’s book is a strong critique of the current trend in computing and business toward aggregation and exploitation rhe consumer futuree.

I’m at page It is a huge idea, but Lanier has a history of huge ideas. By clicking ‘Sign me up’ I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use. And the author is one of those creators. The parallels with fundamentalist religion are obvious to everyone except them.

This book is built to answer questions like these, which will only become more common as digital networking hollows out every industry, from media to medicine to manufacturing.

Anyway, what’s important is that technology moves much too fast for regulation to keep up. Recommended, with Cognitive Surplus. If a government — which is to say, a citizenry — wants to regulate such a powerful force, it’s better to act sooner rather than later. What Lanier proposes instead is a “humanistic economy,” one where all of these little contributions are recognized and monetized. What did you think would happen? You see, the business plan of most successful Internet companies is to offer a particular service for free such as Internet search efficiency with Google, or social connecting with Facebook, or business connecting with LinkedIn, or an auction platform with eBay, or music and lanierr files on a sharing site etc.


Futurf had to create the digital infrastructure which we use to connect with one another, and create content that we enjoy reading and watching. Whatever the intent might have been, the result is a wielding of digital technology against the future of the middle class.

Interesting ideas he does come forward with raise more problems than they aim to solve – Lanier proposers a creation of a system where users would be paid every time a piece of their original information is used for profit.

Apr 21, Merry rated it liked it Shelves: As things stand now, we are accustomed to giving our data away for free in exchange for free services such as Facebook or Goodreads for that matter.

That would be unfortunate, in my opinion. We do this voluntarily, but perhaps not consciously. Enterprise’s communications devices never could. He maintains one of the largest and most varied collections of actively played rare instruments in the world.

Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier

Lanier is absolutely not anti-technology. I feel like he has too many inside jokes that I am not privy to. The failings of Lanier’s vision, however, should not obscure his achievements. The Devil is in the details of course, which this book does not delve into. We have such low expectations of it these days. He proposed solutions that truthfully I doubt that I’ll see implemented in my lifetime, or that will ever be implemented.

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This page was last edited on 12 Augustat So the free market answer is: Much more effective that these corporations provide free services, at continually expanding and beneficial scale. Lanier calls companies that operate in maron way Siren Servers–the term applies to any company or organization that uses data streams to garner wealth and power. Since that time, it is certainly the case that the Internet has spawned a few major successes such as Google, Amazon, eBay and now Facebookas well as a host of hopefuls such as Twitter, Kickstarter, Pinterest and Instagram.


But are these services – which inform, entertain, and connect us – truly free? Most of the first half of the book is him painting a picture of how new technologies have gotten us to a point where the hegemony of capitalism is under threat. He has seen oowns big data has done to the recording and publishing industries.

Who Owns the Future?

Lanier wouldn’t insist on fitting out Isabel Archer’s happy carriage with GPS and pushing a networked device into her clenched palm. For example, I love his take on looking at capitalism as a technology tye than as an ideology.

If you are a technology or publishing professional or if your job has even been touched by technology for better or for worse you should read this book.

That’s how they get paid even if he then makes a load of dud products that earn nothing, which is pretty good for them. But today Kodak is bankrupt, and the new face of digital photography has become Instagram. Jan 07, Darnell rated it liked it Shelves: Does the author of the original source material gets paid along with the person who used it to create a new piece of information? We are lazy and cheap, and we are paying in unprecedented ways, ways that were not anticipated by the creators of this monster.

And anyway, it’s a good read.

The worst you can say about this stuff is that it’s no better than the average dollop of Cultural Theory, and is at least based in some experience of the book’s main topics. Joe Nocera from the New York Times said:.

He poses the beginnings of solutions to the problems he recognizes, but basically, he is asking for input and participation. That results in demand deflation as measured by traditional GDP which can be counteracted only by decoupling the creation of value for society from the ability to purchase paid good in the global marketplace.