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C and social trend Who Owns PDF or 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 beenurgently needed He shows how Siren Servers which exploit big data and the free sharing of information led our economy into recession imperiled personal priva. A full executive summary of this book will be available at newbooksinbrief dot com on or before Tuesday June 4 2013The 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 economySince that time it is certainly the case that the Internet has spawned a few major successes such as Google 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 wrongAccording 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 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 The formation of monopolies and near monopolies destroys competition of course which compromises economic growthEven important than this though is that Internet megaliths employ relatively few people and have very little overhead thus they simply don’t contribute much back to the economy You see the business plan of most successful Internet companies is to offer a particular service for free such as Internet search efficiency with Google or social connecting with Facebook or business connecting with LinkedIn or an auction platform with eBay or music and video files on a sharing site etc The framework of the platform is provided by the company but the content of the service is provided by the users indexable websites on Google Facebook pages on Facebook LinkedIn profiles on LinkedIn auction items on eBay and music and video files on sharing sites The site attracts users with the prospect of a free and useful service and the site itself makes revenue through selling advertising space Oftentimes the company collects information from its users through its activities on the platform and uses this information to help target them with ads andor sells this information to third parties so these third parties can use it themselves Lanier calls companies that operate in this way Siren Servers This very website it will be noticed is a cog in this set upAs we can see then a big part of the value of these Internet companies comes from their users’ information and the content providers whose material is being shared no end Now if these users and content providers were being paid fairly for their contributions according to how much value they brought to the Internet companies we could surely expect a major economic boost as a result Instead the users and content providers are paid nothing for their contributions or at most a fraction of what their contributions represent The end result of this is that wealth is concentrated at the top—in the hands of the major Internet companies—and the economy as a whole suffers since few jobs are created to allow the wealth to trickle downAnd that’s just the beginning The fact is that and things are being digitized as we move forward for instance driving is being digitized through driverless cars education lessons are being digitized through being recorded on digital euipment and even physical objects are being digitized through 3D printing As things become digitized they become capable of being shared over the Internet for next to nothing This will inevitably mean the further erosion of productive jobs and whole industries—such as has already occurred in the music and video industriesUltimately the only wealth generating endeavor left will be the Internet platforms that share all of this information Of course with nothing productive left to advertise their revenues will fall off as well so even they won’t be making any money For Lanier this is the fate we can expect unless we change the game we are currently playingThe long short of it is that we must find a way to pay people adeuately for the information they contribute Lanier argues this means reorganizing the Internet in such a way that informational transactions are monetized—such that the users of information are charged and the providers are paid for each transaction It is not going to be easy to reorganize the Internet in this way–not only technically but also because we have all become accustomed to using the Internet the way it is and we like getting things for ‘free’Ultimately though we will have no choice for our current course is leading us to an economy that is dominated by wealth at the top—and eventually no wealth for anyone At some point this state of affairs must lead to a revolt andor a complete breakdownLanier’s book is a sprawling affair occasioned with numerous fairly bizarre flights of fancy I didn’t mind this so much since Lanier is fairly interesting and has a uniue perspective but the core ideas here are very intriguing and worthy of serious consideration The problem with Lanier’s solution at this point is that the economy has not yet slumped enough in order to convince us that Lanier’s theory must be true and that radical solutions are needed and Lanier’s solution is radical Nevertheless should events continue to play out as Lanier foresees his solution may well become attractive at some point A full executive summary of the book will be available at newbooksinbrief dot com on or before Tuesday June 4; a podcast discussion of the book will be available shortly thereafter
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Who Owns the FutureCy and hollowed out the middle class The networks that define our worldincluding social media financial institutions and intelligence agenciesnow 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 w. This book is awesome and Lanier is a brilliant lucid and fair thinker The book opened my eyes to how the business model of the Facebooks and Googles Lanier’s “Siren Servers” create a world which hollows out the earnings ability of the people who they depend on I like his “human centric” alternative which creates levees to enable us to own and earn from our dataOh and buy paper books now while we can still afford them
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review Who Owns the Future? Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ [Epub] ❤ Who Owns the Future? By Jaron Lanier – Danpashley.co.uk The brilliant and daringly original The New York Times critiue of digital networks from the David Foster Wallace of tech London Evening Standardasserting that to fix our economy we must fix our inforThe brilliant and daringly original The New York Times critiue of digital networks from the David Foster Wallace of tech London Evening Standardasserting that to fix our economy we must fix our information economyJaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality and one of the worlds most brilliant thinkers Who Owns the Future is his visionary reckoning with the most urgent economi. 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