Oakland - Jaron Lanier discusses and signs "Who Owns the Future"
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes author Jaron Lanier to the store to sign his newest book, Who Owns the Future? on Sunday, August 11th at 3pm.
We live in some pretty impressive times. Internet and communications technologies have bridged the gulf of distance and enabled connections between people thousands of miles apart -- whether for business, pleasure, or mere curiosity -- connections of mind-boggling immediacy and intimacy. Nearly every one of us carries in our pocket a sleek little device armed with sleek little apps that allow us to communicate with literally hundreds of thousands of people with the push of a few virtual buttons. Self-driving cars are beginning to prowl our streets and 3d printers can render in your home physical objects practically out of thin air. College-level education and Hollywood-calibre entertainment is available whenever and wherever you want it. And this is only the beginning. Increasingly, industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, and energy will be software-driven. Resource management and acquisition will become automated. As these tasks, as these jobs, are assumed by infinitely more efficient machines, what will happen to us? With not just our economy, but indeed the world's economy, struggling to find stable ground, are we to blindly (and idealistically) hope that eventually technology will make the basics needs of life so inexpensive that we can all live well? Or is there something else we can do, some way else to take back control without shying away from the enormous advantages our network technologies have fostered? After all, asks Jaron Lanier, Who Owns the Future?
Jaron Lanier, best known for his work in Virtual Reality research (a term he coined and popularized) is the bestselling author of You Are Not a Gadget. For decades, Lanier has drawn on his expertise and experience as a computer scientist, musician, and digital media pioneer to predict the revolutionary ways in which technology is transforming our culture. Wired magazine described him as "the first technology figure to cross over to pop-culture stardom."