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Cover of: Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier
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Who Owns the Future?

Published by Simon & Schuster .

Table of Contents

Part 1 First round.
1 Motivation
2 A simple idea
First interlude ancient anticipation of the singularity
Part 2 The cybernetic tempest.
3 Money as seen through the one computer scientist's eyes
4 The ad hoc construction of mass dignity
5 "Siren servers"
6 The specter of the perfect investment
7 Some pioneering siren servers
Second interlude a parody : if life gives you EULAs, make lemonade
Part 3 How this century might unfold, from two points of view.
8 From below : mass unemployment events
9 From above : misusing big data to become ridiculous
Third interlude modernity conceives the future
Part 4 Markets, energy landscapes, and narcissism.
10 Markets and energy landscapes
11 Narcissism
Fourth interlude limits are for muggles
Part 5 The contest to be most meta.
12 Story lost
13 Coercion on autopilot : specialized network effects
14 Obscuring the human element
15 Story found
Fifth interlude the wise old man in the clouds
Part 6 Democracy.
16 Complaint is not enough
17 Clout must underlie rights, if rights are to persist
Sixth interlude the pocket protector in the saffron robe
Part 7 Ted Nelson.
18 First thought, best thought
Part 8 The dirty picture (or, Nuts and bolts) : what a humanistic alternative might be like.
19 The project
20 We need to do better than ad hoc levees
21 Some first principles
22 Who will do what?
23 Big business
24 How will we earn and spend
25 Risk
26 Financial identity
27 Inclusion
28 The interface to reality
29 Creepy
30 A stab at mitigating creepiness
Seventh interlude limits are for mortals
Part 9 Transition.
31 The transition
32 Leadership
Eighth interlude the fate of books
Conclusion What is to be remembered?

The Physical Object

Format Hardcover
Number of pages 416
Dimensions 9 x 6 x inches

ID Numbers

Open Library OL25424120M
ISBN 10 1451654960
ISBN 13 978-1451654967


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April 2, 2013 Edited by VacuumBot Updated format 'Harcover' to 'Hardcover'
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March 14, 2013 Created by Josh Rubenoff Added new book.