Who Owns the Future
"Everyone complains about the Internet, but no one does anything about it...except for Jaron Lanier."
—Neal Stephenson, bestselling author of Reamde and Cryptonomicon
“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
"Who Owns the Future? is a deeply original and sometimes startling read. Lanier does not simply question the dominant narrative of our technological age, 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
“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, author of The Nature of Technology
Web resources related to "Who Owns the Future"
Material written by Jaron:
A piece for Scientific American:
- How To Think About Privacy
An opinion piece for the New York Times on June 8:
- Fixing the Digital Economy
This is a short intro from Jaron to a few of the ideas in the book:
- Wired Magazine, April 05
An op ed written for the New York Post:
- Own the future!
An "Viewpoint" written for Time:
- Does Facebook Owe Its Users Money?
An essay written for BBC News Business:
- Sell your data to save the economy and your future
A piece for The Nation:
- The Meta Question: What is the NSA doing with your metadata?
An article from Future Tense and Slate:
- Justice for Alan Turing? The legendary computer scientist and codebreaker may finally receive a posthumous pardon. So what?
An opinion piece for the New York Times on November 27:
- Digital Passivity
Reviews of "Who Owns the Future:"
The New York Times
Named 11th Best Book of 2013 by Amazon.com
“Lanier makes a persuasive case, and it’s hard to dispute his suggestions for the future until we get there.”
- The Telegraph
“Jaron Lanier is a digital visionary with a difference.”
- The Observer
"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. Lanier's New World is founded on hard, fulfilling work. He concedes that such a radical reorganisation of worth will demand from us new levels of maturity, discipline and collective responsibility – but then who said dignity should be downloadable for free?”
- The Guardian, February 27
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com
Columbia Journalism Review discussion including books from Gavin Newsom and Evgeny Morozov
Kepler's Arts & Lectures
Included in Janet Maslin's roundup of beach reads in the New York Times
Included in the Washington Post's "Summer reads for business leaders"
Interviews with Jaron:
An interview with Scientific American
The Times of Israel
Q&A with San Francisco Magazine
Q&A with Amazon.com
Q&A with Salon
Interview/review from the LA Times
The Firedoglake Book Salon
Q&A with Nieman Journalism Lab
Interview with KCRW's podcast, "This... Is Interesting"
Another interview from KCRW, "In the Age of Big Data, Is Privacy No Big Deal?"
Interview with Paul Solman, PBS Newshour: "Why Government Should Be Paying You for Your Information"
Interview with Paul Solman, PBS Newshour: "Widening the Experiential: Jaron Lanier Explains Virtual Reality"
Marketplace Tech interview, "Should the NSA send you a check when they wiretap you?"
Interview with Forbes.com
Interview with IEEE Spectrum
Interview with Knowledge@Wharton (University of Pennsylvania)
Radio interview with Boston's NPR, WBUR: "Should We Get Paid For Our Online Data?"
Profiles of Jaron:
The Sunday Times
The Guardian, March 17
This is The Smithsonian Magazine’s profile of Jaron, written before the release of Who Owns the Future? At that time the book was to be called “The Fate of Power and the Future of Dignity”, so that’s the title mentioned in this piece:
- Smithsonian Magazine
The Irish Times
An account of an event featuring Jaron and EDM stars:
- Magnetic Magazine
Audio clips of Jaron:
The Guardian Science Weekly (podcast)
BBC World Service Outlook
BBC World Service Click
BBC Radio 3 Night Waves
WNYC-FM, The Leonard Lopate Show/
An interview with Diane Rehm, NPR
Jaron's talk at the Free Library of Philadelphia
An Interview with the Wisconsin Public Radio
A talk at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, CA.
Video clips of Jaron's lectures:
This is a video of Jaron talking about one of the chapters in the book while he was writing it in 2011:
- Local-Global Flip
This is another video of Jaron from while he was writing the book, at the Personal Democracy Forum in 2012:
- How to Not Create a New Cyber Plutocracy
Jaron as the keynote speaker for NIU's Celebrating Excellence event:
- NIU Today
Jaron's talk at Berkeley Labs on June 20, 2013:
- Berkeley Lab's NUFO Dinner
Video clips of Jaron's interviews:
Channel 4 News
The School of Life
Tech Crunch TV
Bloomberg TV's "Taking Stock"
Financial Times Business
Recent documentaries with appearances from Jaron:
Google and the World Brain
Welcome to the Machine
Excerpts of "Who Owns the Future:"
The Real Danger of Copying Music (It’s Not What You Think)
This EULA Will Make You Rethink Every App and Online Service You Use
Advertising and The Future of the Less-Evil Internet
Hello, Hero (introduction to book)
Strategy+Business' “Author’s Choice” excerpt, with an introduction by George Dyson
Articles and Opinion Pieces responding to "Who Owns the Future:"
The Financial Times
Silicon Valley Watcher
The Boston Globe
The New York Times Magazine
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