{read online Best} Who Owns The Future? Author Jaron Lanier – Intimatenights.co.uk

Who Owns The Future? I am We are and there has not been a method, since anyone started to remember methods, of uniting the two Collectively, we have passed, in a short time, through an industrial revolution, parallelled by a revolution in literacy, and then we had an information revolution which is still ongoing, and is reflected in, or perhaps illustrated by, a communications revolution.We are now in a place where we can no longer choose to believe that righteousness and hard work will bring you security and riches That was never a credible attitude to take, anyway, and was usually used to beat the workshy, socialists, dissenters, the opposition, the poor, etc, over their fast moving heads, until they blessed their boss and his feeding hand.Lannier, a Californian exception, demonstrates here that there are some people who can work around a captivating capitalism, which hypnotises the rest of us, and experience the hope of enlightenment, despite the amoral and bleakly stupid ideology of greed in which we are trapped, and on whose behalf we starve, torture and bomb into submissive smithereens, almost everyone else.On a general level the book is a retatement of the old argument between a Platonic reality and an Aristotelean monetarisation of what actually exists , a pragmatist reality If you think you are a free thinker, think again, but start here. This book is awesome and Lanier is a brilliant, lucid and fair thinker The book opened my eyes to how the business model of the Facebooks and Googles Lanier s Siren Servers create a world which hollows out the earnings ability of the people who they depend on I like his human centric alternative which creates levees to enable us to own and earn from our dataOh, and buy paper books now while we can still afford them This is a very interesting book from Lanier and well worth reading.He gives a very useful account of what is going on in public big data, search and social media, which is largely accurateand well informed, and will be useful to anyone who is interested and concerned about these topics He also gives aworthwhile insight into fashionable thinking among Silicon Valley insiders he is clearly one, although Silicon Valleyoutsider might be a appropriate tag.The core of his argument is that people are being fooled into giving up data for which they should by rights be paid, if weare to have a sustainable economic system.He makes his case well, and there is some justice in his point of view.However his analysis has several shortcomings as I see it.It is very American focussed.For example is it really true that the Internet has destroyed jobs than it has created I can believe this is true inthe US, but if the internet is a key driver behind globalisation as I believe , the internet has created tremendouseconomic opportunities in China, India, and increasingly in Africa With a global market place it appears the market couldno longer bear the former differentials in pay between the US and elsewhere.Lanier is concerned about increasingly differentials in wealth between individuals in the US especially the very wealthyand the great mass off middle class people , but it is no good pretending there is inherent justice in some countries beingmuch wealthier than others.Lanier correctly points the dangers to democracy the continuance of the current position poses.The analysis is a very useful contribution.However, his proposed solution essentially better mechanisms for attributing the origins of data, and just rewards for theoriginators is less convincing I feel he conveniently ignores how we ended up with the simple web which fails toimplement Ted Nelson s original ideas for the 60 s which would support Lanier s information economy The necessary twoway linking was just too complicated if we d stuck with it we d still be trying to get it working, whereas Berners Lee sdo it simple do it now philosophy allowed us to build the web we have today for better or for worse.I find Lanier s proposed mechanism for moving to a sustainable information economy implausible, as well as too US focussed He needs to think about how Baidu and Yandex two of the four largest internet search engines, but not US based would integrate with his proposals, even if he could persuade Google Microsoft, Facebook and some others to participate in his scheme And of course whether US and European regulators would allow it.This is not to say there is not some merit in his idea for a better and sustainable information infrastructure.My final criticism is that the book was a bit rambling in places perhaps one edit short of a good book But in the end this book gave me much food for thought, and I m happy to recommended it. Interesting views, but told in a fuzzy way, not really formalised enough to my taste Some concepts are very important, this is why I would recommend reading the book today the fact that information on the internet is left in feed forward mode, without necessarily a complete history of where it comes from As opposed to this, wikipedia for instance traces the modifications of an article Some Scholars have shown that the modifications of wikipedia tell a story about ideas, clans, etcJaron Lanier goes into the depth of the Information Society Everything he says is quite interesting, but he might have structured his facts , and told them in a organised way. This ideas in this book are huge and the author attempts to deal with the topics by using his experience as one of the key individuals that was involved in techonolgy, the internet and all things cyber since these terms were invented The execution is good but it lacks real detail and leaves the reader wondering how the great ideas would actually pan out in reality In defense of the author the topics he is dealing with are in constant flux and perhaps so vast no one, not even a super computer could predict. Thank you for this book dear Jaron Lanier By the way, I found book watching youtube some show where you said about this book so I bought it Yet to finish reading it but from other comments I know it will be mixed up a bit and things, but from the beginning I have read I just like your thoughts Feel like at home when reading you So honest you are I won t lie, it was the cover that pulled me in, but as a member of the so called Millennial generation I was intrigued to read something that untangles the reality of life in a technology driven world This is brilliant It makes you entirely rethink the way we approach social media, and in truth, might make you a little paranoid But a little forward thinking never hurt anyone Read this It is excellent. Fantastic thoughts from a computer scientist who seems to me to be a very important philosopher His views are problematic because Lanier has worked with the companies he needs to criticize most his life But the book is not just for those interested in technology it should be essential reading for anyone who is interested in economics or politics. 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 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 I read this book after reading about Jaron Lanier rather than about the book, but I am glad I did I wont hide the fact that I found it a tough and difficult read at times I had to read some parts twice , but I m not a techie so thats to be expected Its a very good read and profile of how the future of online retailling could and probably will end up If you like to understand this sort of thing, its an excellent book.

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