You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto
  • You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto
  • You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto

You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto

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by Jaron Lanier
     
 

A NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A programmer, musician, and father of virtual reality technology, Jaron Lanier was a pioneer in digital media, and among the first to predict the revolutionary changes it would bring to our commerce and culture. Now, with the Web influencing virtually every aspect of our lives, he offers this provocative critique of how digital design

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A NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A programmer, musician, and father of virtual reality technology, Jaron Lanier was a pioneer in digital media, and among the first to predict the revolutionary changes it would bring to our commerce and culture. Now, with the Web influencing virtually every aspect of our lives, he offers this provocative critique of how digital design is shaping society, for better and for worse.
 
Informed by Lanier’s experience and expertise as a computer scientist, You Are Not a Gadget discusses the technical and cultural problems that have unwittingly risen from programming choices—such as the nature of user identity—that were “locked-in” at the birth of digital media and considers what a future based on current design philosophies will bring. With the proliferation of social networks, cloud-based data storage systems, and Web 2.0 designs that elevate the “wisdom” of mobs and computer algorithms over the intelligence and wisdom of individuals, his message has never been more urgent.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307269645
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/12/2010
Pages:
209
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Paperback Edition ix

Preface xiii

Part 1 What is a Person? 1

Chapter 1 Missing Persons 1

Chapter 2 An Apocalypse of Self-Abdication 24

Chapter 3 The Noosphere Is Just Another Name for Everyone's Inner Troll 45

Part 2 What Will Money Be? 73

Chapter 4 Digital Peasant Chic 77

Chapter 5 The City Is Built to Music 87

Chapter 6 The Lords of the Clouds Renounce Free Will in Order to Become Infinitely Lucky 94

Chapter 7 The Prospects for Humanistic Cloud Economics 100

Chapter 8 Three Possible Future Directions 108

Part 3 he unbearable Thinness of Flatness 117

Chapter 9 Retropolis 121

Chapter 10 Digital Creativity Eludes Flat Places 133

Chapter 11 All Hail the Membrane 138

Part 4 Making the Best of Bits 149

Chapter 12 I Am a Contrarian Loop 153

Chapter 13 One Story of How Semantics Might Have Evolved 158

Part 5 Future Humors 175

Chapter 14 Home at Last (My Love Affair with Bachelardian Neoteny 179

afterword to the Paperback Edition 193

acknowledgments 209

Index 211

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