Who Owns the Future?

Who Owns the Future?


By (author) Jaron Lanier, Read by Pete Simoneilli

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  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 150mm x 24mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 6 August 2013
  • ISBN 10: 144236839X
  • ISBN 13: 9781442368392
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,103,277

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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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This book is rare. It looks at technology with an insider s knowledge, wisdom, and deep caring about human beings. It s badly needed. --W. Brian Arthur "economist and author of The Nature of Technology ""