“Inevitable” is a strong word. It sends up red flags for some people because they object that nothing is inevitable. They claim that human willpower can deflect and control any mechanical trend. And when the notion of the inevitable is forged with fancy technology, the objections to a preordained destiny are even more fierce. But the kind of inevitability we’re speaking of here in the digital realm is the result of the momentum of an ongoing technological shift. The strong tides that shaped digital technologies for the past 30 years will continue to expand and harden in the next 30 years.
“While readers will encounter hints of robotic doctors and clothes that give the washing machine cleaning instructions, the author’s 12 ingenious chapters eschew high-tech spectaculars in favor of their driving forces. All the chapter titles are verbs in the present participle form: flowing, cognifying, tracking, accessing, sharing, etc. “Sharing” and instant “Accessing” will make possession irrelevant.” — Kirkus Review
“Nevertheless, Kelly writes so well, one is drawn into the flow. The book is like a gentle bath in the future. It is comforting and refreshing. There is little that will startle and much that will seem familiar—and, yet, one steps out feeling renewed.” — New York Journal of Books
Jaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality and one of the world’s most brilliant thinkers. Who Owns the Future? is his visionary reckoning with the most urgent economic and social trend of our age: the poisonous concentration of money and power in our digital networks.
In the economy of a few years from now, what will people do better than computers? Technology is rapidly invading fields that it once could not touch, driving cars better than humans do, predicting Supreme Court decisions better than legal experts, packing boxes, identifying faces, scurrying around hospitals delivering medications, all
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow examines what might happen to the world when these old myths are coupled with new godlike technologies such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering. What will happen to democracy when Google and Facebook come to know our likes and our political preferences better than we
“Inevitable” is a strong word. It sends up red flags for some people because they object that nothing is inevitable.
Banning the inevitable usually backfires. Prohibition is at best temporary, and at worst counterproductive.
The problem with constant becoming is that unceasing change can blind us to its incremental changes.
The problems of today were caused by yesterday’s technological successes, and the technological solutions to today’s problems will cause the problems of tomorrow.
Today truly is a wide-open frontier. We’re all becoming. It’s the best time ever in human history to begin.
Technological life in the future will be a series of endless upgrades. Features shift, defaults disappear, and menus morph.
It’s hard to imagine anything that would change everything as much as cheap, powerful, ubiquitous artificial intelligence (AI).
It may be hard to believe, but before the end of this century, 70 percent of today’s occupations will be replaced by automation.
Many of the jobs that politicians are fighting to keep away from robots are jobs that no one wakes up in the morning really wanting to do.