You Are Not a Gadget A Manifesto

ISBN-10: 0307389979
ISBN-13: 9780307389978
Edition: 2010
Authors: Jaron Lanier
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Description: Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley visionary since the 1980s, was among the first to predict the revolutionary changes the World Wide Web would bring to commerce and culture. Now, in his first book, written more than two decades after the web was  More...

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List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/8/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley visionary since the 1980s, was among the first to predict the revolutionary changes the World Wide Web would bring to commerce and culture. Now, in his first book, written more than two decades after the web was created, Lanier offers this provocative and cautionary look at the way it is transforming our lives for better and for worse. The current design and function of the web have become so familiar that it is easy to forget that they grew out of programming decisions made decades ago. The web's first designers made crucial choices (such as making one's presence anonymous) that have had enormous--and often unintended--consequences. What's more these designs quickly became "locked in," a permanent part of the web's very structure. Lanier discusses the technical and cultural problems that can grow out of poorly considered digital design and warns that our financial markets and sites like Wikipedia, Facebook, and Twitter are elevating the "wisdom" of mobs and computer algorithms over the intelligence and judgment of individuals. Lanier also shows: How 1960s antigovernment paranoia influenced the design of the online world and enabled trolling and trivialization in online discourse: How file sharing is killing the artistic middle class; How a belief in a technological "rapture" motivates some of the most influential technologists Why a new humanistic technology is necessary. Controversial and fascinating, You Are Not a Gadget is a deeply felt defense of the individual from an author uniquely qualified to comment on the way technology interacts with our culture.

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.

Introduction to the Paperback Edition
Preface
What is a Person?
Missing Persons
An Apocalypse of Self-Abdication
The Noosphere Is Just Another Name for Everyone's Inner Troll
What Will Money Be?
Digital Peasant Chic
The City Is Built to Music
The Lords of the Clouds Renounce Free Will in Order to Become Infinitely Lucky
The Prospects for Humanistic Cloud Economics
Three Possible Future Directions
he unbearable Thinness of Flatness
Retropolis
Digital Creativity Eludes Flat Places
All Hail the Membrane
Making the Best of Bits
I Am a Contrarian Loop
One Story of How Semantics Might Have Evolved
Future Humors
Home at Last (My Love Affair with Bachelardian Neoteny
afterword to the Paperback Edition
acknowledgments
Index

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