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You are not a gadget : a manifesto

Author: Jaron Lanier
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Silicon Valley visionary Jaron Lanier was among the first to predict the revolutionary changes the World Wide Web would bring to commerce and culture. Now, in his first book, Lanier offers this cautionary look at the way the Web 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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jaron Lanier
ISBN: 9780307269645 0307269647 9780307389978 0307389979 9781846143410 1846143411
OCLC Number: 297147711
Description: ix, 209 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 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 --
The 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).
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Delivers a searing manifesto in support of the human and reflects on the good and bad developments in design and thought years after the invention of the web.  Read more...

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Fabulous - I couldn't put it down and shouted out Yes! Yes! on many pages ... This is a landmark book that will have people talking and arguing for years into the future. Lee Smolin Lucid, powerful Read more...

 
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Questioning the coming digital utopia

by kmcdouall (WorldCat user published 2013-06-16) Very Good Permalink

Jarod Lanier makes up for a somewhat rambling, disjointed argumentative structure by peppering this book with startling insights and counter-intuitive statements on the nature of technological innovation. Lanier, credited as the founder of virtual reality technology, is as much a humanist as a techno-geek,...
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