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Who Owns The Future?. (Anglais) Relié – 7 mars 2013

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Lanier has a poet's sensibility and his book reads like a hallucinogenic reverie, full of entertaining haiku-like observations and digressions (James Harkin Financial Times)

One of the triumphs of Lanier's intelligent and subtle book is its inspiring portrait of the kind of people that a democratic information economy would produce. His vision implies that if we are allowed to lead absorbing, properly remunerated lives, we will likewise outgrow our addiction to consumerism and technology (Laurence Scott Guardian)

Jaron Lanier is a digital visionary with a difference (John Kampfner Observer)

Many will be captivated by Mr Lanier's daringly original insights ... You Are Not A Gadget (2010) was a feisty, brilliant, predictive work, and the new volume is just as exciting (Janet Maslin New York Times)

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Who Owns The Future? is the new masterwork from the prophet of the digital age, Jaron Lanier, author of You Are Not A Gadget.In the past, a revolution in production, such as the industrial revolution, generally increased the wealth and freedom of people. The digital revolution we are living through is different. Instead of leaving a greater number of us in excellent financial health, the effect of digital technologies - and the companies behind them - is to concentrate wealth, reduce growth, and challenge the livelihoods of an ever-increasing number of people. As the protections of the middle class disappear, washed away by crises in capitalism, what is being left in their place? And what else could replace them?Why is this happening, and what might we do about it? In Who Owns the Future? Jaron Lanier shows how the new power paradigm operates, how it is conceived and controlled, and why it is leading to a collapse in living standards. Arguing that the 'information economy' ruins markets, he reminds us that markets should reward more people, not fewer. He shows us why the digital revolution means more corporations making money and avoiding risk by hiding value off their books, which means more financial risk for the rest of us. From the inner workings of the 'sirenic servers' at the heart of the new power system, to an exploration of the meaning of mass unemployment events, the misuse of big data, and the deep and increasing erasure of human endeavour, Lanier explores the effects of this situation on democracy and individuals, and proposes a more human, humane reality, where risk and reward is shared equally, and the digital revolution creates opportunity for all.'Lanier has a poet's sensibility and his book reads like a hallucinogenic reverie, full of entertaining haiku-like observations and digressions' James Harkin, Financial Times'One of the triumphs of Lanier's intelligent and subtle book is its inspiring portrait of the kind of people that a democratic information economy would produce. His vision implies that if we are allowed to lead absorbing, properly remunerated lives, we will likewise outgrow our addiction to consumerism and technology' Laurence Scott, Guardian'Jaron Lanier is a digital visionary with a difference' John Kampfner, ObserverJaron Lanier is a philosopher and computer scientist who has spent his career pushing the transformative power of modern technology to its limits. From coining the term 'Virtual Reality' to developing cutting-edge medical imaging and surgical techniques, Lanier is one of the premier designers and engineers at work today, and is linked with UC Berkeley and Microsoft. A musician with a collection of over 700 instruments, he has been recognised by Encyclopedia Britannica (but certainly not Wikipedia) as one of history's 300 or so greatest inventors and named one of the top one hundred public intellectuals in the world by Prospect and Foreign Policy. His first book, You Are Not A Gadget, was hailed as a 'poetic and prophetic' defence of the human in an age of machines.

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*A full executive summary of this book will be available at newbooksinbrief dot com, on or before Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

The main argument: Not so long ago the Internet was seen as the next great economic engine. The optimism was never higher than at the peak of the dot-com boom in the late 1990s, of course; but even after the dot-com bust in the early 2000s, many believed that this was but the growing pains of an emerging industry, and that in the long run the Internet would yet provide the foundation for a new and improved information economy.

Since that time, it is certainly the case that the Internet has spawned a few major successes (such as Google, Amazon, eBay and now Facebook), as well as a host of hopefuls (such as Twitter, Kickstarter, Pinterest and Instagram). However, it cannot be said that the economy has enjoyed a great boost since the Internet exploded. On the contrary, the economy has, at best, stagnated—and it currently shows no signs of escaping its slump. So what went wrong?

According to Silicon Valley luminary Jarion Lanier, the problem is not so much with the Internet per se, but with how it has been set up, and how the major Internet companies themselves are organized. To begin with, major Internet companies tend to form monopolies, or near-monopolies, and on a global scale (mainly because Internet networks are able to reach a global audience and undercut local players, but also because these networks are more valuable to their users as they grow larger [for instance, it is most convenient to just join Facebook to connect with friends because this is the platform that most people, for whatever reason, have come to use—it just simplifies things]).
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Un livre qui aurait énervé Guy Debord ou peut être qui l'aurait ravi.
Jaron Lanier nous amène à une meilleure compréhension du monde numérique et de comment l'appréhender. C 'est une suite à "la société du Spectacle"
Indispensable à ceux qui veulent comprendre la monde d 'aujourd'hui. Chaque page vous fera dresser les cheveux sur la tête
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This is one of the most interesting book about the "future" that I have ever read. The author misunderstands bitcoin though when he writes that the 21 million limitation of the bitcoin money supply is inehrently flawed. He misses the infinite divisibility of bitcoins that allows this technology to map to an expanding economy. Other than that the book is filled with brilliant demonstrations and insights.
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A real view about the digital economy's effect on our life and the impact on our futur. A lesson and a message: place people at the heart of the digital, not the server :-). Agreable to read, smart, interesting by the differents point of view.

Thanks a lot, Mr Lanier.
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The style and structure and content of the book fails me. I could not continue reading after the first couple of chapters.
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