Jaron Lanier is the bestselling author of "You Are Not a Gadget, " the father of virtual reality, and one of the most influential thinkers of our time. 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 has transformed our culture.
"Who Owns the Future?" is a visionary reckoning with the effects network technologies have had on our economy. Lanier asserts that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class. Now, as technology flattens more and more industries--from media to medicine to manufacturing--we are facing even greater challenges to employment and personal wealth.
But there is an alternative to allowing technology to own our future. In this ambitious and deeply humane book, Lanier charts the path toward a new information economy that will stabilize the middle class and allow it to grow. It is time for ordinary people to be rewarded for what they do and share on the web.
Insightful, original, and provocative, "Who Owns the Future? "is necessary reading for everyone who lives a part of their lives online.
"Everyone complains about the Internet, but no one does anything about it . . . except for Jaron Lanier."--Neal Stephenson "bestselling author of Reamde and Cryptonomicon " "This ambitious book is about how to help ordinary people survive and prosper at a time when advances in computer technology make it increasingly difficult for some people to find a job."--USA Today "A smart, accessible book that takes a critical look at our online state of affairs and finds it out of balance."--Carolyn Kellogg, The Los Angeles Times "Brilliant."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "This book is rare. It looks at technology with an insider's knowledge, wisdom, and deep caring about human beings. It's badly needed."--W. Brian Arthur "economist and author of The Nature of Technology " "Who Owns the Future? explains what's wrong with our digital economy, and tells us how to fix it. Listen up!"--George Dyson "bestselling author of Turing's Cathedral " "Daringly original . . . Lanier's sharp, accessible style and opinions make Who Owns the Future? terrifically inviting."--Janet Maslin "The New York Times " "The most important book I read [this year] . . . Provocative, unconventional ideas for ensuring that the inevitable dominance of software in every corner of society will be healthy instead of harmful." --Joe Nocera, The New York Times "Who Owns the Future? is a deeply original and sometimes startling read. Lanier does not simply question the dominant narrative of our times, but picks it up by the neck and shakes it. A refreshing and important book that will make you see the world differently."--Tim Wu "author of The Master Switch "