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Jaron Lanier is a scientist and musician best known for his work in Virtual Reality research, a term he coined and popularized. Time named him one of the "Time 100" in 2010. He lives in Berkeley, California.
"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 " "Lanier has a mind as boundless as the internet . . . [He is] the David Foster Wallace of tech."--London Evening Standard "Lanier has a poet's sensibility and his book reads like a hallucinogenic reverie, full of entertaining haiku-like observations and digressions."--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."--The Guardian "One of the best skeptical books about the online world."--Salon "Lanier's book mixes scholarly analysis with a series of intriguing ideas on how to take back control of our virtual identity."--TechGenMag.com "Lanier's career as a computer scientist is entwined in the central economic story of our time, the rapid advance of computation and networking. . . . [Who Owns the Future?] not only makes a convincing diagnosis of a widespread problem, but also answers a need for moonshot thinking."--The New Republic "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 "