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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 result is odd but compelling. Defines one of the problems of our age and offers high-level solutions. Joao Vieira da Cunha Aho review sums up the book brilliantly. Wikipedia articles with style issues from January All articles with style issues Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles with Open Library links.

The answer lies in the terms and conditions that we accept when we sign up for them and willingly share what is now invaluable commodity – our personal information. He limits himself to a very small spectrum of possibilities and thus undermines his own project from the outset: It is written with a conversational style, like a discussion you might have with a brilliant stranger at a dinner party.

The Sixth Interlude, at page “The Pocket Protector in the Saffron Robe”is an amusing skeptical look at the weird combination of tech and new age in Silicon Valley. What’s more, his writing is infused with the caffeinated enthusiasm of Silicon Valley, and his technologist’s bias shields him from angst over the social and psychological ramifications of saturating human experience with such chronic opportunities for data analysis as the real-time tracking of our royalties.

What is done with our information, and how much is it worth to others?

I’d say that’s pretty dang okay. He gives many examples.

I’m nearing the end, but what a struggle it has been! Imagine yourself reading the latest article from your favorite news source on the screen of your smartphone; you might have enjoyed the article enough to share it with your friends on Facebook.

In this case I think Jaron’s work could have been more concise and a hundred or so pages lopped off and nothing would have been lost.

We have such low expectations of it these days. It’s a very good point the Jaron Lanier brings up. So the free market answer is: No mention of Microsoft, which employs our author. Is Lanier the only person who sees this?


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So what went wrong? May 11, David Dinaburg rated it liked it. There are, in fact, quite a few people who have been writing about this subject in a very rigorous way, but you wouldn’t know it from reading this book.

When he does mention Marx, he does so in a way that makes it clear that he doesn’t care to understand Marx’s arguments or most arguments in the Marxist tradition: I hope the people at the top are listening. If you have ever wondered why Google and other Search Engines which used to be so useful seemed to be less so because you can’t clear your way past the content marketing then this book is for you. 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 longer.

A little jargon, but worth it. He would like us to imagine a world in which it isn’t just service and factory workers who are exploited for their labour in the sense that a corporation extracts surplus value from thembut absolutely everyone who creates data that is monetised in some way.

He may have lost me just a little at the end when he begins to talk about the logical outcomes of decisions made early on in the process, but the conceptual project as a whole I find intriguing and probably as possible as what we have done up to now.

Retrieved from ” https: I feel like he has too many inside jokes that I am not privy to. 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.

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Jun 28, Stephen rated it really liked it. Books by Jaron Lanier. Notes the importance of automation in the loss of manufacturing jobs, and the possibility of automation expanding to everything from janitorial services to nursing.

In such an economy we would, throughout our lives, be financially buoyed by an accumulation of small remunerations for both our intellectual and biometric property. What did you think would happen? If my bodily stats go in to a survey of the population, are they in use every time someone checks the general population stats as well as my specific records? It’s worth a think. I admit that boredom and irritation made me skip over a lot toward the end, but I saw little in the way of detail about the gears and pulleys of his “humanistic information economy” and a very rapid deferral to the old escape pod of “it is beyond the scope of this book Instead of paying each individual for their contribution to the data pool, the Siren Servers concentrate wealth in the hands of the few who control the data centers.


Jaron Lanier makes a similar point regarding the pitfalls of digitalization and the economic and human cost of erasing context. His vision implies that if we are allowed to lead absorbing, properly remunerated lives, we will likewise outgrow our addiction to consumerism and technology. Lanier’s concept of provenance — the recording of where value originates — is fundamental to an ethical information economy, and also — though Marx is clearly not one of his pals — represents an antidote to reification.

Rather than exploring the consequences of new technologies for how we could transition to a society beyond capitalism, he has written a book exhorting us to try to save this dying beast, without paying due attention to the much more fundamental question of whether it’s worth saving in the first place.

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Who Owns the Future?

Instagram was acquired last year by Facebook for one billion dollars and at the time employed only thirteen people. And the fact that the last wave of social internet technologies from Silicon Valley are black holes into which wealth concentrates into the hands of a small few. They talked about the recovery, stock market, jobs, housing, the banking failures, the continued risky behavior of Wall Street and whether regulation Dodd-Frank is enough to head off another.

In some ways it seems completely crazy. I like this idea a lot if it would work.

Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier – review

Lanier posits that the middle class is increasingly disenfranchised from online economies. Lanier is concerned with the erosion lnaier the US middle class shifts in class structure elsewhere, in the developing world, are not on the radar. Who’s gonna OWN it all?