Jaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality and one of the world’s most brilliant .. Lanier then looks to a future dominated by Siren Servers while technological. Jaron Lanier, groundbreaking computer scientist and infectious optimist, is concerned that we are not making the most of ourselves. In Who. An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May Jaron Lanier’s last book, You Are Not a Gadget, was an influential criticism of Web ‘s crowd-sourced.
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J aron Lanier, groundbreaking computer scientist and infectious optimist, is concerned that we are not making the most of ourselves. In Who Owns the Future? For Lanier, late capitalism is not so much exhausted as humiliating: Lanier’s project is to foresee how livelihoods might be better sustained in a world in which information is king.
In his view, disproportionate economic power now accumulates around companies who “own the fastest computers with the most access to everyone’s information”. We donate extremely lucrative information — our interests, demographic predilections, buying habits, cyber-movements — in exchange for “free” admission into social media networks.
Lanier argues that the early internet years have fetishised open access and knowledge-sharing in a way that has distracted people from demanding fairness and job security in an economy predicated on data flow.
To counteract this one-way, feudal system laniwr financial ufture, he suggests that we become more ferocious agents of our own informational resources. His vision of a humanistic information economy is one in which participants achieve “economic dignity” by being proportionally compensated for all their contributions to the massive clusters of information — the so-called “big data” — circulating across digital networks. In such an economy we would, throughout our lives, be financially buoyed by an accumulation of small remunerations for both our intellectual and biometric property.
One of Edith Wharton ‘s characters, a novelist, declares that “a keen sense of copyright is my nearest approach to an emotion”. She would brim with feeling in Lanier’s world of nanopayments.
Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier
Lanier believes in the future, and refuses to indulge in laments for jron eras that were actually more difficult, more restrictive and more deadly than the technologically advanced present. Lanier’s concept of provenance — the recording of where value originates — is fundamental to an ethical information economy, and also — though Marx is clearly not one of his pals — represents an antidote to reification.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg famously claimed that “By giving people the power to share, we’re making the world eho transparent. Lanier wouldn’t insist on fitting out Isabel Archer’s happy carriage with GPS and pushing a networked device into her clenched palm. He believes that economic transparency is not incompatible with personal privacy.
So should we be excited or frightened by Lanier’s vision? This hagiography of the billboard is a far cry from Orwell’s dismissal of advertising as a stick rattling inside a swill-bucket — in Lanier’s future jaro bucket will be hung around our necks.
Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier – review
What’s more, his writing is infused with the caffeinated enthusiasm of Silicon Valley, and his technologist’s bias shields him from angst over the social and psychological ramifications of saturating human experience with such chronic opportunities for data analysis as the real-time tracking of our royalties. After all, he has researched the possibility of “pixels grafted into your eyelashes so you could always look futufe at them”.
If you have trouble keeping fuuture friends’ attention in the era of the smartphone, imagine this culture of endless eye-rolling.
His vision implies that if we are allowed to lead absorbing, properly remunerated lives, we will likewise outgrow our addiction to consumerism and technology.
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