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Who Owns the Future? (13 Edition)by Jaron Lanier
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The and#8220;brilliantand#8221; and and#8220;daringly originaland#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt;) critique of digital networks from the and#8220;David Foster Wallace of techand#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;London Evening Standardandlt;/Iandgt;)and#8212;asserting that to fix our economy, we must fix our information economy.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;Time and again, computer scientist, musician, and digital visionary Jaron Lanier has predicted the ways in which technology has revolutionized our culture. His and#8220;mind-bending, exuberantand#8221; writing (andlt;Iandgt;The Washington Postandlt;/Iandgt;) about the online worldand#8217;s effect on our lives has shaped national conversations on employment, economics, privacy, culture, and moreand#8212;and the influence of his seminal work on the Internet and in virtual reality reaches from media to medicine to manufacturing. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In andlt;Iandgt;Who Owns the Future?andlt;/Iandgt;, Lanier tells and#8220;the central economic story of our timeand#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;The New Republicandlt;/Iandgt;): and#8220;how to help ordinary people survive and prosper at a time when advances in computer technology make it increasingly difficult for some people to find a joband#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;USA TODAYandlt;/Iandgt;). Lanier asserts that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class, and he charts the alternative to allowing technology to own our futureand#8212;a new information economy that will grow the middle class. As Lanier writes, and#8220;information is just people in disguiseand#8221;and#8212;and our digital economy must reward people rather than take advantage of them.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Insightful, original, and provocative, andlt;Iandgt;Who Owns the Future? andlt;/Iandgt;is necessary reading for anyone who lives in our digital world and is vested in what tomorrow will bring.
Jaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality and one of the worldand#8217;s most brilliant thinkers. andlt;I andgt;Who Owns the Future?andlt;/Iandgt; 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.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Lanier has predicted how technology will transform our humanity for decades, and his insight has never been more 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 worldand#8212;including social media, financial institutions, and intelligence agenciesand#8212;now threaten to destroy it.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;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 web.
About the Author
Jaron Lanier is a scientist and musician best known for his work in Virtual Reality research, a term he coined and popularized. andlt;i andgt;Timeandlt;/iandgt; named him one of the and#8220;andlt;iandgt;Timeandlt;/iandgt; 100and#8221; in 2010. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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