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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.

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First Sentence

"We're used to treating information as "free"*, but the price we pay for the illusion of "free" is only workable so long as most of the overall economy isn't about information."

Table of Contents

Prelude 1
Hello, Hero 1
Terms 3
Part 1 First round.
1 Motivation 7
2 A simple idea 19
First interlude ancient anticipation of the singularity 22
Part 2 The cybernetic tempest.
3 Money as seen through the one computer scientist's eyes 29
4 The ad hoc construction of mass dignity 32
5 "Siren servers" 53
6 The specter of the perfect investment 59
7 Some pioneering siren servers 69
Second interlude a parody : if life gives you EULAs, make lemonade 79
Part 3 How this century might unfold, from two points of view.
8 From below : mass unemployment events 85
9 From above : misusing big data to become ridiculous 107
Third interlude modernity conceives the future 123
Part 4 Markets, energy landscapes, and narcissism.
10 Markets and energy landscapes 143
11 Narcissism 153
Fourth interlude limits are for muggles 157
Part 5 The contest to be most meta.
12 Story lost 165
13 Coercion on autopilot : specialized network effects 166
14 Obscuring the human element 175
15 Story found 179
Fifth interlude the wise old man in the clouds 190
Part 6 Democracy.
16 Complaint is not enough 199
17 Clout must underlie rights, if rights are to persist 205
Sixth interlude the pocket protector in the saffron robe
Part 7 Ted Nelson.
18 First thought, best thought 221
Part 8 The dirty picture (or, Nuts and bolts) : what a humanistic alternative might be like.
19 The project 233
20 We need to do better than ad hoc levees 239
21 Some first principles 245
22 Who will do what? 253
23 Big business 265
24 How will we earn and spend 269
25 Risk 277
26 Financial identity 288
27 Inclusion 291
28 The interface to reality 295
29 Creepy 305
30 A stab at mitigating creepiness 317
Seventh interlude limits are for mortals 325
Part 9 Transition.
31 The transition 335
32 Leadership 341
Eighth interlude the fate of books 352
Conclusion What is to be remembered? 361

Edition Notes

Copyright Date
2014

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Library of Congress
HC79.I55 L365 2013

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

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