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Who Owns the Future? is non-linear, hyperactive, non-sequitur filled, maddening to read, and ultimately unsatisfying...Coming soon to garage sales...and birdcage liners near you.Read Full Review of Who Owns the Future? | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
Lanier makes a persuasive case, and it’s hard to dispute his suggestions for the future until we get there. History, thankfully, suggests he will be proven wrong.Read Full Review of Who Owns the Future?
Lanier’s mind is so far-ranging, leaping from Aristotle to digital copyright in a single bound, that it often requires mental acrobatics just to follow the thread of his argument. When you reach the end, you may find yourself winded but no closer to any actionable conclusions than you were before. Still, it’s an exercise well worth performing...Read Full Review of Who Owns the Future?
...Lanier moderates a critical discussion about putting humans back at the center of technological developments, and revaluing human information at the heart of network value. So: Break into small (virtual) groups, and discuss.Read Full Review of Who Owns the Future?
By the end of the book, I enjoyed Lanier's personality and truly believe he is trying to think through hard problems though without the intellectual tools to do so, no matter how surely he seems to believe that he does.Read Full Review of Who Owns the Future?
This book may only be sporadically intelligible to most readers but Lanier is always good company...Lanier – “Your always amused author” – is the David Foster Wallace of tech.Read Full Review of Who Owns the Future?
...the section of Who Owns The Future? which proposes a solution starts to get tedious. It’s not gonna happen. And after a while, the reader may start to feel as if she is stuck in a room with a smart engineer on stimulants who is taking his late-night “If I ruled the world” fantasy too seriously...Read Full Review of Who Owns the Future?
This is a wide-ranging, discursive, and deliberately provocative book. Lanier is even-handedly critical of social networks (both Reddit and Facebook), search engines, intelligence agencies, singularity enthusiasts, naïve utopian libertarians...Read Full Review of Who Owns the Future?
On all these matters, Lanier offers hardly a clue. By his own admission, he hasn’t thought it all out yet, which explains the book’s rambling and ill-organized style. Too bad. We desperately need answers to the problems described in this fascinating, frustrating book. But you won’t find them here.Read Full Review of Who Owns the Future?
...it’s an interesting alternative that highlights much that is wrong with the present system as well as the likely roots of its eventual and inevitable demise.Read Full Review of Who Owns the Future?
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