Who owns the future? / Jaron Lanier.
Author: Lanier, Jaron.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
ISBN: 9781451654967 (hbk.)
Description: xvi, 396 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Subject: Information technology Economic aspects.
Technological innovations Economic aspects.
Contents: Part one: First round. Motivation -- A simple idea -- First interlude: ancient anticipation of the singularity -- Part two: The cybernetic tempest. Money as seen through one computer scientist's eyes -- The ad hoc construction of mass dignity -- The specter of the perfect investment -- Some pioneering siren servers -- Second interlude (a parody) : if life gives you eulas, make lemonade -- Part three: How this century might unfold, from two points of view. From below: mass unemployment event -- From above: misusing big data to become ridiculous -- Third interlude: modernity conceives the future -- Part four: Markets, energy landscapes, and narcissism. Markets and energy landscapes -- Narcissism -- Fourth interlude: Limits are for muggles -- Part five: The contest to be most meta. Story lost -- Coercion on autopilot: specialized network effects -- Obscuring the human element -- Story found -- Fifth interlude: the wise old man in the clouds -- Part six: Democracy. Complaint is not enough -- Clout must underlie rights, if rights are to persist -- Sixth interlude: the pocket protector in the saffron robe -- Part seven: Ted Nelson. First thoughts, best thought -- Part eight: The dirty pictures (or, nuts and bolts: what a humanistic alternative might be like). The project -- We need to do better than ad hoc levees -- Some first principles -- Who will do what? -- Big business -- How wil we earn and spend? -- Risk -- Financial identity -- Inclusion -- The interface to reality -- Creepy -- A stab at mitigating creepiness -- Seventh interlude: limits are for mortals -- Part nine: Transition. The transition -- Leadership -- Eighth interlude: the fate of books -- Conclusion: What is to be remembered? -- Appendix: First appearances of key terms.