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;brilliant; and ;daringly original; The New York Times critiue of digital networks from the ;David Foster Wallace of tech; London Evening Standard;asserting that to fix our economy we must fix our information economyJaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality and one of the world;s most brilliant thinkers Who Owns the Future is his visionary reckoning with the most urgent economic and social trend of our age the poisonous concentration of money and power in our digital networks Lanier has predicted how technology will transform our humanity for decades and his insight has never been urgently needed He shows how Siren Servers which exploit big data and the free sharing of information led our economy into recession imperiled personal privacy and hollowed out the middle class The networks that define our world;including social media financial institutions and intelligence agencies;now threaten to destroy it But there is an alternative In this provocative poetic and deeply humane book Lanier charts a path toward a brighter future an information economy that rewards ordinary people for what they do and share on the we. This is a very interesting book from Lanier and well worth readingHe gives a very useful account of what is going on in public big data search and social media which is largely accurateand well informed and will be useful to anyone who is interested and concerned about these topics He also gives aworthwhile insight into fashionable thinking among Silicon Valley insiders he is clearly one although Silicon Valleyoutsider might be a appropriate tagThe core of his argument is that people are being fooled into giving up data for which they should by rights be paid if weare to have a sustainable economic systemHe makes his case well and there is some justice in his point of viewHowever his analysis has several shortcomings as I see itIt is very American focussedFor example is it really true that the Internet has destroyed jobs than it has created I can believe this is true inthe US but if the internet is a key driver behind globalisation as I believe the internet has created tremendouseconomic opportunities in China India and increasingly in Africa With a global market place it appears the market couldno longer bear the former differentials in pay between the US and elsewhereLanier is concerned about increasingly differentials in wealth between individuals in the US especially the very wealthyand the great mass off middle class people but it is no good pretending there is inherent justice in some countries beingmuch wealthier than othersLanier correctly points the dangers to democracy the continuance of the current position posesThe analysis is a very useful contributionHowever his proposed solution essentially better mechanisms for attributing the origins of data and just rewards for theoriginators is less convincing I feel he conveniently ignores how we ended up with the simple web which fails toimplement Ted Nelson s original ideas for the 60 s which would support Lanier s information economy The necessary twoway linking was just too complicated if we d stuck with it we d still be trying to get it working whereas Berners Lee sdo it simple do it now philosophy allowed us to build the web we have today for better or for worseI find Lanier s proposed mechanism for moving to a sustainable information economy implausible as well as too US focussed He needs to think about how Baidu and Yandex two of the four largest internet search engines but not US based would integrate with his proposals even if he could persuade Google Microsoft Facebook and some others to participate in his scheme And of course whether US and European regulators would allow itThis is not to say there is not some merit in his idea for a better and sustainable information infrastructureMy final criticism is that the book was a bit rambling in places perhaps one edit short of a good bookBut in the end this book gave me much food for thought and I m happy to recommended it

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Who Owns the Future?

The brilliant and daringly original The New York Times critiue of digital networks from the David Foster Wallace of tech London Evening Standardasserting that to fix our economy we must fix our information economyJaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality and one of the worlds most brilliant thinkers Who Owns the Future is his visionary reckoning with the most urgent economic and social trend of our age the poisonous concentration of money and power in our digital networks Lanier has predicted how technology will transform our humanity for decades and his insight has never beenurgently needed He shows how Siren Servers which exploit big data and the free sharing of information led our economy into recession imperiled personal privacy and hollowed out the middle class The networks that define our worldincluding social media financial institutions and intelligence agenciesnow threaten to destroy it But there is an alternative In this provocative poetic and deeply humane book Lanier charts a path toward a brighter future an information economy that rewards ordinary people for what they do and share on the webThe ;br. Everyone ought to read this book It is topical interesting intelligent surprising and important For me it has a real WOW factor which I love to find And in the process you might also become a Jaron Lanier fan as I haveThis book puts together bits and pieces of things about the Information IndustryEconomy that I have watched but never uite managed to get all together Here it is and we all need to understand itI m glad this book was recommended to me and I have gotten several friends to read it all truly appreciate itMy Jaron Lanier library is growing sure glad he is there thinking and writing

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Illiant; and ;daringly original; The New York Times critiue of digital networks from the ;David Foster Wallace of tech; London Evening Standard;asserting that to fix our economy we must fix our information economyJaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality and one of the world;s most brilliant thinkers Who Owns the Future is his visionary reckoning with the most urgent economic and social trend of our age the poisonous concentration of money and power in our digital networks Lanier has predicted how technology will transform our humanity for decades and his insight has never been urgently needed He shows how Siren Servers which exploit big data and the free sharing of information led our economy into recession imperiled personal privacy and hollowed out the middle class The networks that define our world;including social media financial institutions and intelligence agencies;now threaten to destroy it But there is an alternative In this provocative poetic and deeply humane book Lanier charts a path toward a brighter future an information economy that rewards ordinary people for what they do and share on the webThe. Highly Recommended the book is well written thoughtful and captures both our situation and posits potential solutionsSpecifically how the concentration of data and distribution of risk by those who own the data creates a significant risk to our capitalist based economy and over the long term to the very companies that create the situation Thus I find it strangley ironic to write this review for free on the bookstoreWhether you agree with Jaron Lanier and his observations or not my sense is that you will be better informed of the situation he describes by reading his book


10 thoughts on “Who Owns the Future?

  1. says:

    Everyone ought to read this book It is topical, interesting, intelligent, surprising, and important For me, it has a real WOW factor,

  2. says:

    This might be the worst book I ever read; I fought hard to keep reading from the first page, but had to stop 1/3 of the way through The author kept reiterating the same ideas over and over with angry analogies of various kinds I believe this is because in addition to being an expert in virtual reality, he is also a musician who puts a lot of time and effort into that craft, and the rise of the internet has upen

  3. says:

    A Must Read, even if the offered solution is flawed The critique of the Silicon Valley culture and forma mentis is brilliant, and very much needed It is nice to hear another version than the usual call for an open Internet And it is nice to hear a few sound truths, like the Internet does NOT create jobs, it is

  4. says:

    When I heard Jaron Lanier speak about his book, I was interested in learning about his take our networked information economy So it was good to finally finish the book and understand his view that, as things are currently progressi

  5. says:

    Highly Recommended the book is well written, thoughtful and captures both our situation and posits potential solutions.Specifically how the concentration of data and distribution of risk by those who own the data

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    I am We are and there has not been a method, since anyone started to remember methods, of uniting the two Collectively, we have passed, in a short time, through an industrial revolution, parallelled by a revolution in literacy, and then we had

  7. says:

    This is a very interesting book from Lanier and well worth reading.He gives a very useful account of what is going on in public big data, search and social media, which is largely accurateand well informed, and will be useful to anyone who is interested and concerned about these topics He also gives aworthwhile i

  8. says:

    Interesting views, but told in a fuzzy way, not really formalised enough to my taste Some concepts are very important, this is why I would recommend reading the book today: the fact that information on the inter

  9. says:

    This book is awesome and Lanier is a brilliant, lucid and fair thinker The book opened my eyes to how the business model of the Facebooks and Googles (Lanier’s “Siren Servers”) create a world which hollows out the earnings ability of the people who they depend on I like his “human centric” alternative which creates levees to enable

  10. says:

    A great insight and unlike others Lanier actually offers solutions to the problem.Well written, very clear and an easy read, he has the ability to bring everything down to laymans terms.After reading watch The social dilemma on Nfx if you want