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 theme linking all of these is: His suggestion of paying people for when their data is useful doesn’t pass the creepiness test that he himself discusses at length, but Zepel is making a larger argument that these companies will allow business and technical forms of accountability as long as they are applied across the market to all of the big players.

Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier – review

I’m nearing the end, but what a struggle it has been! His description of how the digital networking economy currently works: I agree that it is a sad thing that many of the brightest minds in the world are dedicated to writing code with the goal of better targeted advertising, and that there are definitely some problems with the current cash flow of the internet.

Here I see some conceptual problems which Lanier seems only to allude to: His style is incoherent. If your mortgage gets sliced up and resold, it’s based partially on your likelihood of repayment so you should be paid–and even with micropayments, the cumulative cost of that might have slowed down the housing futkre.

We do this voluntarily, but perhaps not consciously. The book lacks a real vision of how such an idea could be implemented, and any data ownd back up such claims. The long short of it is that we must find a way to pay people adequately for jaton information and content they contribute to the information economy. Throughout the book he is keen to show himself impeccably liberal in spirit, and sceptical of Randian extreme libertarianism, but also stopping well short of “socialism” or anything that might actually smell of a major jagon change.


It is a refreshing change from the certainty that typically spews forth from the pages of most modern futurism—certainty that helps move product and embraces a timeline of irrefutability that extends just until the expiration of the novel’s commercial viability—or the resignation of dystopian techno-determinism to the encroaching bleakness.

Why is it suddenly a service to capitalism to keep more and more value off the books? Whoo that I have to explain this to this audience, but here are some qualities of the Sirens of Homer: If the lanler society he proposes looks too flawed, he deserves to be applauded for at least putting one forward, no matter who might look at him funny while he gives his office-wide speech.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Lanier presents thought-provoking ideas about the role the internet has played in reducing the middle class and sending us owne a road towards a new feudalism.

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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. Sign up and get a free eBook!

Lanier speaks so naturally, in this book and in interviews, of things that are mysterious to most of us…Siren Servers that pull information to themselves and create vortices of information and wealth. It is filled with practical suggestions that I think have been too casually dismissed by other reviews. On what grounds can a piece of information be considered original – if someone creates 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?

Jaron Lanier makes a similar point regarding the pitfalls of digitalization and the economic and human cost of erasing context. He proposed solutions that ths I doubt that I’ll see implemented in my lifetime, or that will ev I found “Who Owns the Future?

A full executive summary of the book is available here: We in Silicon Valley undermined copyright to make commerce become more about services instead of content: Quotes from Who Owns the Future? A very important point is that the income inequality that we are experiencing is, he says, due to computing inequality. Joao Vieira da Cunha This review sums up the book brilliantly. The networks that define our world—including social media, financial institutions, and intelligence agencies—now threaten to destroy it.


Instead of paying each individual for their contribution to the data pool, the Siren Servers concentrate wealth haron the hands of the few who control the data centers.

No mention of Microsoft, which employs our author. What is done with our information, and how much is it worth to others? It opens a world we may not have understood adequately especially if we work outside the computer field, but it still speaks to those folks as well. He’s able to layer his argument so that it makes sense to a Silicon Valley outsider, while communicating some of the insider’s point of view.

Reading “Who Owns the Future? Likewise, Lanier expands upon the increasing rule of ‘Siren Servers’ – companies which provide services to the average consumer for free, but earn money onws personal information to others, or using it to further target their sales and advertising – e. Apr 21, Brian Warren rated it really liked it. What is the percentage of perfection that represents authenticity?

But who can earn money? The odns is odd but compelling. He collaborates with a wide range of scientists in fields related to t Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author.

Who Owns the Future?

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.

So he has an idea to restore balance. Is Lanier the only person who sees this? These payments would be tiny, but would restore the middle-class and all of te as true participants in the economy.

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