Huge topic ambitiously treated,
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This review is from: Who Owns The Future? (Kindle Edition)
This ideas in this book are huge and the author attempts to deal with the topics by using his experience as one of the key individuals that was involved in techonolgy, the internet and all things cyber since these terms were invented. The execution is good but it lacks real detail and leaves the reader wondering how the great ideas would actually pan out in reality. In defense of the author the topics he is dealing with are in constant flux and perhaps so vast no one, not even a super computer could predict.
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Initial post: 10 Dec 2013 09:18:16 GMT
To follow on from my review, I just finished reading Big Data which plays on many of the same themes in 'Who owns the future'. Interestingly the book talks a lot about the Siren Servers (google, amazon, Facebook, Apple etc) and the huge amount of data they have amassed and been able to utilise in a similar tone to Lanier's book. BIG data details exactly how these companies are using data, including how they are profiting from the information you and I willingly, or otherwise give up in our daily lives. Reading the books one after the other forces the reader to really reconsider the arguments Lanier proposes in his book and pose the question, what if in the future we are able to monetise and create individual and private value from our digital selves? If the reader assumes that the future will unfold along a similar path to the one detailed in Big Data, the opportunity cost of not pursuing Lanier's vision is potentially huge.
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