Who owns the future? / Jaron Lanier.

by Lanier, Jaron [author.]Looking glass.

Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2014.Description: xxi, 372 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9780241957219; 9781451654974; 9781476729862; 9781846145223; 9781451654967.Subject(s): Information societyLooking glass | Information technology -- Social aspectsLooking glass | Information technology -- Economic aspectsLooking glass | Technological innovations -- Social aspectsLooking glass | Technological innovations -- Economic aspectsLooking glass | Power (Social sciences)Looking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references.Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2013. Alternative form: Electronic version: Who owns the future? / 9781451654998
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As you read this, thousands of remote computers are refining secret models of who you are, using the information to make huge fortunes for a few people. Does the future have to be this way? How can we change it?


As you read this, thousands of remote computers are refining secret models of who you are, using the information to make huge fortunes for a few people. Does the future have to be this way? How can we change it? In this visionary book Jaron Lanier imagines an alternative, where economic power is given back to creators. Drawing on sources ranging from ancient philosophy to the latest technology, he proposes a radical system that truly rewards endeavour - whether it's in the media or manufacturing - and ultimately preserves human dignity.

Includes bibliographical references.

Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2013.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Lanier recognizes that the Internet isn't going away, but also provides a critical analysis of how it operates today (increasingly on mega-servers such as Google and Facebook) and the negative ways it impacts our economy. The author also offers alternative ways users can better enjoy the benefits of the digital age. Narrator Pete Simoneilli's reading initially comes across as excessively nasal. However, his voice will quickly grows on listeners and feel natural and appropriate by the audio production's end. Simoneilli conveys Lanier's cautious but sincere tone throughout, and he does well with emphasis and timing to tease out the sometimes-complex ideas the author presents. Lanier's prose is non-judgmental, and Simoneilli works hard to show this, shifting between a matter-of-fact tone and one of sympathy. A Simon & Schuster hardcover. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Jaron Lanier is a philosopher and computer scientist who has spent his career pushing the transformative power of modern technology to its limits. He is one of the premier designers and engineers at work today, and has been named one of the top one hundred public intellectuals in the world by Prospect and Foreign Policy. His previous book is You Are Not A Gadget .

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