Who Owns the Future? (Hardcover)
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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.
About the Author
Jaron Lanier is the author of "You Are Not a Gadget", and "Who Owns the Future?" He has appeared in several documentaries on virtual reality, including "Synthetic Pleasures" and "Rage Against the Machines", and has won several awards for his writing and research on virtual reality, including the Goldsmith Book Prize and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. He holds honorary degrees from Franklin and Marshall College and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.