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Who Owns the Future?
by Jaron Lanier
Oct. 6, 2017 - Oct. 7, 2017

Done

Lanier, J. (2014). Who Owns the Future?. Simon Schuster.


Simon Schuster, 2014. 448 pages.

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protean »
(adjective) of or resembling Proteus in having ...
p.308
panopticon »
a type of building designed by English philosop...
p.149
Laffer curve »
a theory developed by supply-side economist Art...
p.128
eschatology »
the part of theology concerned with death, judg...
p.48
plutocracy »
(noun) government by the wealthy / (noun) a con...
p.377
a universal stipend
A universal stipend, without means testing or a...
p.370
insurance companies do not go out of business
We're still analyzing Eric's model and the resu...
p.362
keeping people in the center
[...] Are you still keeping people in the cente...
p.321
extending the commercial sphere
Extending the commercial sphere genuinely into ...
p.319
there will be accurate accounting
Once the data measured off a person creates a d...

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3. Money as Seen Through One Computer Scientist's Eyes

he does at least cite David Graeber here

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Money as Seen Through One Computer Scientist's Eyes

he does at least cite David Graeber here

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Third Interlude: Modernity Conceives the Future

here he has 10 tropes (he calls them "humors") that fit together society & technology

  1. Theocracy: politics is the means to supernatural immortality (i.e., a religious one)
  2. Abundance: technology as a means of transcending material scarcity and thus politics
  3. Malthus: politics will lead to material extinction through overpopulation etc
  4. Rousseau: technology is the means to spiritual malaise; our human identities will falter
  5. Invisible Hand: information technology ought to subsume politics, as markets magically fix everything
  6. Marx: politics ought to subsume information technology (once we get abundance, we'll need politics indefinitely to ensure people get what they need)
  7. H. G. Wells: technology will create human meaning through threats to our existence (aliens, machines--not sure how tech will create aliens tho)
  8. Strangelove: nuclear annihilation for everyone
  9. Turing: soon only technology will exist
  10. Nelson: (after Ted Nelson, the Computer Lib guy) we can have tech that's designed in such a way to keep people as they are, without having to result to extreme politics
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Third Interlude: Modernity Conceives the Future

here he has 10 tropes (he calls them "humors") that fit together society & technology

  1. Theocracy: politics is the means to supernatural immortality (i.e., a religious one)
  2. Abundance: technology as a means of transcending material scarcity and thus politics
  3. Malthus: politics will lead to material extinction through overpopulation etc
  4. Rousseau: technology is the means to spiritual malaise; our human identities will falter
  5. Invisible Hand: information technology ought to subsume politics, as markets magically fix everything
  6. Marx: politics ought to subsume information technology (once we get abundance, we'll need politics indefinitely to ensure people get what they need)
  7. H. G. Wells: technology will create human meaning through threats to our existence (aliens, machines--not sure how tech will create aliens tho)
  8. Strangelove: nuclear annihilation for everyone
  9. Turing: soon only technology will exist
  10. Nelson: (after Ted Nelson, the Computer Lib guy) we can have tech that's designed in such a way to keep people as they are, without having to result to extreme politics
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25. Risk

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32. Leadership

here he acknowledges that govts have been maligned as of late, but they did manage to get a lot done in his parents' age, so maybe govts will come back one day (he does seem to be somewhat pro-gov here)

his other suggestion is that a bunch of big time CEOs get together and hash out the details of this new monetised data economy, which seems terrifyingly plausible (maybe it'll be their only option for keeping capitalism alive, idk)

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Leadership

here he acknowledges that govts have been maligned as of late, but they did manage to get a lot done in his parents' age, so maybe govts will come back one day (he does seem to be somewhat pro-gov here)

his other suggestion is that a bunch of big time CEOs get together and hash out the details of this new monetised data economy, which seems terrifyingly plausible (maybe it'll be their only option for keeping capitalism alive, idk)

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