Who Owns the Future?

By Jaron Lanier
(Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781451654967, 416pp.)

Publication Date: May 7, 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Paperback

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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 is transforming 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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For Who Owns the Future?

"Everyone complains about the Internet, but no one does anything about it . . . except for Jaron Lanier."
-Neal Stephenson

"Who Owns the Future??explains what?e(TM)s wrong with our digital economy, and tells us how to fix it. Listen up!?e
-George Dyson

"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

?eoeThis book is rare. It looks at technology with an insider?e(TM)s knowledge, wisdom, and deep caring about human beings. It?e(TM)s badly needed.?e
-W. Brian Arthur

?eoeDaringly original . . . Lanier?e(TM)s sharp, accessible style and opinions make Who Owns the Future? terrifically inviting.?e
-Janet Maslin

?eoeLanier?e(TM)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.?e

"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."

"Lanier has a mind as boundless as the internet . . . [He is] the David Foster Wallace of tech."

?eoeLanier has a poet?e(TM)s sensibility and his book reads like a hallucinogenic reverie, full of entertaining haiku-like observations and digressions.?e

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