Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier

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5 Critic Reviews

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.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

The “brilliant” and “daringly original” (The New York Times) critique of digital networks from the “David Foster Wallace of tech” (London Evening Standard)—asserting that to fix our economy, we must fix our information economy.

Jaron 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 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 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 web.
 

About Jaron Lanier

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Jaron Lanier is a scientist and musician best known for his work in Virtual Reality research, a term he coined and popularized. Time named him one of the “Time 100” in 2010. He lives in Berkeley, California.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 449 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Apr 08 2013

...these concepts are so lost in a heap of digressions, interludes and fables...that the signal-to-noise ratio may prove to be too much for all but the most dedicated tech readers.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on May 05 2013

Mr. Lanier’s sharp, accessible style and opinions make “Who Owns the Future?” terrifically inviting.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Laurence Scott on Feb 27 2013

And yet one of the triumphs of Lanier's intelligent and subtle book is its inspiring portrait of the kind of people that a democratic information economy would produce.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Steven Levy on May 30 2013

...Mr. Lanier makes a plausible case that his model may well be superior to our current unfair system.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Robert Schaefer on May 07 2013

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.

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