Who Owns the Future?

Who Owns the Future 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 c

  • Title: Who Owns the Future?
  • Author: Jaron Lanier
  • ISBN: 9780241957219
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 toAs 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.
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    1. Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author In the sciences Jaron Lanier scientific interests include biomimetic information architectures, user interfaces, heterogeneous scientific simulations, advanced information systems for medicine, and computational approaches to the fundamentals of physics He collaborates with a wide range of scientists in fields related to these interests Lanier s name is also often associated with Virtual Reality research He either coined or popularized the term Virtual Reality and in the early 1980s founded VPL Research, the first company to sell VR products In the late 1980s he led the team that developed the first implementations of multi person virtual worlds using head mounted displays, for both local and wide area networks, as well as the first avatars , or representations of users within such systems While at VPL, he and his colleagues developed the first implementations of virtual reality applications in surgical simulation, vehicle interior prototyping, virtual sets for television production, and assorted other areas He led the team that developed the first widely used software platform architecture for immersive virtual reality applications Sun Microsystems acquired VPL s seminal portfolio of patents related to Virtual Reality and networked 3D graphics in 1999.From 1997 to 2001, Lanier was the Chief Scientist of Advanced Network and Services, which contained the Engineering Office of Internet2, and served as the Lead Scientist of the National Tele immersion Initiative, a coalition of research universities studying advanced applications for Internet2 The Initiative demonstrated the first prototypes of tele immersion in 2000 after a three year development period From 2001 to 2004 he was Visiting Scientist at Silicon Graphics Inc where he developed solutions to core problems in telepresence and tele immersion He was Scholar at Large for Microsoft from 2006 to 2009, and Partner Architect at Microsoft Research from 2009 forward.Lanier has received honorary doctorates from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Franklin and Marshall College, was the recipient of CMU s Watson award in 2001, was a finalist for the first Edge of Computation Award in 2005, and received a Lifetime Career Award from the IEEE in 2009 for contributions to Virtual Reality Punditry Lanier is a well known author and speaker Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010 His book You Are Not a Gadget was released in 2010 and was named one of the 10 best books of the year by Michiko Kakutani in the NY Times He writes and speaks on numerous topics, including high technology business, the social impact of technological practices, the philosophy of consciousness and information, Internet politics, and the future of humanism His lecture client list has included most of the well known high technology firms as well as many others in the energy, automotive, and financial services industries His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Discover where he has been a columnist , The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Harpers Magazine, The Sciences, Wired Magazine where he was a founding contributing editor , and Scientific American He has edited special future issues of SPIN and Civilization magazines He is one of the 100 remarkable people of the Global Business Network In 2005 Lanier was selected as one of the top one hundred public intellectuals in the world by readers of Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines Music As a musician, Lanier has been active in the world of new classical music since the late seventies He is a pianist and a specialist in unusual musical instruments, especially the wind and string instruments of Asia He maintains one of the largest and most varied collections of actively played rare instruments in the world.Lanier s Symphony for Amelia, premiered in Octo

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    1. The recent exposure of government surveillance of tech companies and their private consumers is sobering, but I confess it is not wholly unexpected After all, the corporations monitor our tastes and actions already for advertising purposes Who is to say the intelligence services would not have caught on to this rich new vein of information, free for the taking The purpose of this book is a critique of this new trend of information control, and Lanier, our author, has a reputation of lambasting t [...]

    2. I liked this book, and I can t recommend it, except for the most dedicated technophile This book is like being stuck in an elevator with your most brilliant friend, and a bottle of wine Some of the conversation will be interesting, and some of it may seem brilliant, but you won t be able to remember half of it later His musings range from mild to extreme, and much of it I did not feel like I had the brain power to understand its implications I would have to read it a second time, just to get a r [...]

    3. Should you read this book Yes There are three reasons why 1 His prescriptions may be useful 2 Even if his prescriptions are unrealistic, the first two thirds of the book are still a worthwhile way of looking at what s presently going on in our economy 3 Even if he s totally wrong, he s entertaining, rather like Antonin Scalia I haven t read any coherent negative reviews of this book, mostly negative reviews by people who have grasped 1% of the argument from reading about it online and are critic [...]

    4. 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 You might have also decided to check your e mail and converse with your friends via a messaging app all the while paying nothing for the services you used, except the monthly phone bill or possibly not even that, if you used a device such as a tablet and free wi fi But are these services which inform, enter [...]

    5. 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 Tolstoy Jaron Lanier makes a similar point regarding the pitfalls of digitalization and the economic and human cost of erasing context Even better, he does so without sounding like a raving Luddite He proposes a system of micropayments that would weave individual contributions into a stable economic narrative My cynical side says it would [...]

    6. To my friends in the open Internet movement, I have to ask What did you think would happen We in Silicon Valley undermined copyright to make commerce become about services instead of content about our code instead of their files.The inevitable endgame was always that we would lose control of our own personal content, our own files We haven t just weakened old fashioned power mongers We ve weakened ourselves p.207 This book is a labor of love We humans are being gifted the secrets of our intern [...]

    7. We do know that Siren Servers can die It happened to Lehmann Brothers Individual Siren Servers can die and yet the Siren Server pattern perseveres, and it is that pattern that is the real problem The systematic decoupling of risk from reward in the rising information economy is the problem, not any particular server I m sure much savvier readers and technologists than me will roll their eyes at a neologism like Siren Servers, Jaron Lanier s nickname for the entities , Facebook, Google , governme [...]

    8. The first half of Lanier s book is a strong critique of the current trend in computing and business toward aggregation and exploitation of consumer data He calls companies like Facebook and Google, as well as financial companies that make rapid trades and find loopholes in the markets algorithmically, Siren Servers This is a helpful concept and framing of the problem Lanier then looks to a future dominated by Siren Servers while technological innovation continues to make humans less relevant and [...]

    9. This book was a rollercoaster ride.I wholeheartedly agree with his sentiments about needing to reshape technology to suit the needs of human beings and not vice versa, and I think he does a good job of diagnosing the ways in which technology is transforming the economic landscape.That s where my praise ends From the blurbs, I was expecting something wildly imaginative and ambitious from a radical thinker who has been called the David Foster Wallace of tech Instead, I was extremely disappointed o [...]

    10. Computer scientist and tech visionary Jaron Lanier has spent his impressive career contributing to many of the most ubiquitous technologies of our time From virtual reality a term he coined to start up companies that are now a part of Adobe, Oracle and Google, Lanier is a man forever out in front of Silicon Valley s most forward thinking gurus In his new book, Who Owns the Future Lanier laments the current state of the middle class and points part of the blame for the loss of middle class jobs t [...]

    11. Basic premise The internet was supposed to make life easier for artists and entrepreneurs who were going to sell their art, music, information, etc to a worldwide audience Instead, with the rise of the internet, the middle class has dissipated, the wealthy have become superwealthy, and many have become poor in the process Jaron Lanier looks at why this has happened and how to solve the problem The problem seems to be caused by what he called siren servers which are organizations like google, fac [...]

    12. I found Who Owns the Future I won an advance copy on to be an intriguing forward looking piece with a hypothesis that made me stop and reconsider my current ideas, especially with regard to the Internet Lanier suggests that rather than creating jobs and stimulating the economy, the Internet is actually taking jobs away and not producing the new knowledge based jobs as expected He proposed solutions that truthfully I doubt that I ll see implemented in my lifetime, or that will ever be implemented [...]

    13. Lanier raises a lot of provocative points here about the trends of big data and Siren Servers cloud computing Warning against the economic impact of tech fueled market disruption, he makes the case for a middle class of users feeding into the servers In a future of 3D printers and automated everything, it will otherwise be easier than ever to be marginalized Compare the number of employees at Instagram to the number at Kodak in its prime, etc Google might eventually become an ouroboros, a snake [...]

    14. This book is excellent In it, Jaron Lanier attempts to design a humanistic economy in such a way that does not require government enforcement Rather, the idea is to make large scale changes so that the forces governing the economy naturally bolster the middle class.As things stand now, we are accustomed to giving our data away for free in exchange for free services such as Facebook or for that matter The short term gains seem enticing, but Jaron argues that over the long run, the costs are enor [...]

    15. V i n t v t c gi Jaron Lanier l nh nghi n c u khoa h c m y t nh t i Microsoft Research, ng i ti n phong trong l nh v c Virtual Reality th c t i o ng l ng i ng s ng l p m t s start up, sau c Oracle, Adobe, Google mua l i ng c ng vi t nh c giao h ng v ch i r t nhi u lo i nh c c hi m Trong cu n s ch th hai n y ti p n i cu n You are not a gadget , Lanier ch ra v n v i n n kinh t d a tr n c ng ngh s hi n nay, v a ra m t t ng lai m i kh c ph c nh ng nh c i m y M t quy n s ch r t hay n i v c ng ngh cao [...]

    16. Lanier presents thought provoking ideas about the role the internet has played in reducing the middle class and sending us on a road towards a new feudalism One of his principal ideas is that networks like the internet facilitate the power of what he calls siren servers e.g Facebook and Google , which, like stars coalescing in a new galaxy and increasing in gravity, attract users, and power, the users that they have These siren servers then make a killing off of the personal information which [...]

    17. Obviously, the future turned out quite a bit different from what we thought it would, almost completely devoid of space travel or robot butlers, while our cell phones do things the U.S.S Enterprise s communications devices never could One thing that we really did not think much about in the past was the rise of big data, and how the internet s number one way of making money would one day be putting ads in front of our faces In Who Owns the Future , Jaron Lanier, a pioneer of virtual reality tech [...]

    18. Lanier aims for a humanist information economy , and as a long participant in the non free software economy including at Microsoft, Lanier carriers some biases about the price of information, which fatally undermine his very well written and carefully argued, very long exposition In an homage far longer than i believe is deserved to Ten Nelson s fundamental yet so far technically unimplementable idea that information should not be free, but rather compensated my micro royalties to creators, Lani [...]

    19. We all know that we create value for gigantic companies by providing information, voluntary as well as involuntarily, and that this is just the price you pay for getting to play with services like Facebook, Uber, or Meerkat.BUTI think if people read this book, we might have a better idea as to how unbalanced that exchange really is Reading Who Owns the Future not only explores that concept in depth, it also looks at how the giant Internet companies which influence all our lives have been, and [...]

    20. Muito bom, me trouxe uma s rie de questionamentos que eu n o tinha pensado a respeito Como grandes servidores como AirBnB e ber terceirizam o risco para quem consome e quem presta o servi o, enquanto capitalizam em cima, e concentram e controlam de forma sem precedentes Me deu uma perspectiva mais c tica sobre o futuro onde tudo gr tis, que eu favorecia mais cegamente E tamb m refor ou a necessidade de pagar pelo que consumo e gosto, ao inv s de piratear S acho que o autor se estende demais em e [...]

    21. June 21 Lanier is a futurist, but he s a realistic one no fluffy science fiction technological utopias are dangled here There s this idea among some popular futurists of a post scarcity economy that humans will become digital and upload themselves into the cloud How this will happen seems to be explained with much hand waving, along the lines of and then a miracle occurred However, Lanier argues that the way we use digital technology today is not going to make everything all right in the future [...]

    22. In 1955, the play Inherit the Wind a courtroom drama about teaching evolution in the American 1920s was a circumspect way to critique the communist witch hunts that dominated the era Time has wiped away the subtext, leaving a fictionalized version of events as the touchstone for contemporary debate Pinning down the precise moment Inherit the Wind stopped representing McCarthyism and was reborn as an overt discussion of public science education is all but impossible Who Owns the Future seems like [...]

    23. Amidst our gadget swoon, nobody is talking about what Jaron Lanier talks about Who OWNS the massive, vast sea of data that we ve all collectively generated over the last twenty years Lanier is absolutely not anti technology Rather, he s seeing further ahead than most of us about its socioeconomic implications no, not the implications of USE, the digital divide or shortened attention spans or any morphing of social etiquette but the implications of big data capitalism Who s gonna OWN it all We ha [...]

    24. A full executive summary of this book is available here newbooksinbrief 2013 06 05The main argument Not so long ago the Internet was seen as the next great economic engine The optimism was never higher than at the peak of the dot com boom in the late 1990s, of course but even after the dot com bust in the early 2000s, many believed that this was but the growing pains of an emerging industry, and that in the long run the Internet would yet provide the foundation for a new and improved information [...]

    25. This was a fascinating book with a very promising proposal turning our current information society into something that would benefit the average person instead of disenfranchising us all and killing the economy This would be done by paying every person for the use of all the data gathered about that person in the form of nanopayments If facebook gathers information about you and then uses it to sell ads, facebook would owe you a small part of their profits A tiny payment to be sure, but if we we [...]

    26. Reading this book next to Berardi s After The Future showed up the similar traits and failings in both books, even though they purportedly came from different ideological spaces and cultural backgrounds Both writers are really concerned with broader issues that are not specific to the modern tech economy, yet they feel obliged to make that the central peg that all their points have to hang off.Lanier is concerned with the erosion of the US middle class shifts in class structure elsewhere, in the [...]

    27. Useful read for anyone concerned with where the digital economy is headed and how its gains are distributed I think Mr Lanier s diagnosis is spot on our current digital economy is harvesting great economic value from people s online activity and transferring that wealth to themselves off the books I also agree with him that this approach is unsustainable and would eventually result in the destruction of the middle class He documents his work well and makes it clear when he s talking from his own [...]

    28. Jaron Lanier is one of the extraordinary people of our time, with charisma, intelligence, and imagination off the charts He was a fearless maverick as an adolescent, hitchhiking to Mexico City to meet unannounced with an author he respected, and somehow was able to hang around while non matriculated MIT professors from whom he wanted to learn If you ever have the opportunity to hear him speak, do it I think I d follow him like Peter followed Jesus He is a visionary Read it and see.He is not an e [...]

    29. This book is so amazing Imagine you meet a brilliant technologist at a coffe shop he takes a shine to you and starts meeting with you to explain exactly how information technology is progressing to concentrate wealth to fewer and fewer people at the expense of all of us He explains how technology if it progresses as it is will continue to wipe out middle class jobs and explains a solution where information is monetized to benefit most people rather than a diminishing selct few He is optomistic a [...]

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