Who Owns The Future?

Who Owns the Future?
By Jaron Lanier

This is easily one of favorite books that I read in 2014. In fact, this one and "Infinite Reality" were by far the most eye-opening books I've read about technology will continue to shape society.

This book talks a lot about "Siren Servers" which are companies like Google and Facebook that acquire large amounts of data and take actions based on aggregate data. No matter how esoteric the data may seem, there's value in simply collecting info about what people do.

This book also delves into the idea of how we should treat people with dignity as software continues to replace more jobs. The concept of a "humanistic economy" is one in which people are still given a fair shake even if they can't find a viable job in the new economy.

I remember reading Jaron Lanier's You Are Not A Gadget in college, but not really enjoying. This book is definitely worth a second read and will remain on my bookshelf for a long time.