Jaron Lanier is the author of ‘Who Owns the Future’ from Berkeely CA. He is a computer scientist and has worked on projects with virtual reality, such as the Xbox’s Kinect. Or with parts of the brain. For this blog, I will be focusing on him as an author because of his book ‘Who Owns the Future’.
The part that I found most intriguing was the idea of putting a price on the information we give out. When he began saying that it’s really just a competition for “who’s got the biggest computer?” and that whoever does that, whether it’s Google or Facebook or whoever owns the power. That if we were to taken the 20th century route, and fight for the workers rights, like when they defended their ability to use the transport trucks if they had to swap from using horses, that if we did that now with the information we give these huge companies that it simply would not work.
I think we do need a levy to stop this information being sold off to companies who are making money off our information for nothing. However I do not believe that there is a way that we could sell off our information, but keep the same system. I think that if this was proposed the big companies would simply move on to a different route or cut their loses rather than that.
For example when he began talking about health insurance and the ‘siren servers’, I began thinking about how the technology would cause faults to the information given out. For example if I owned a pair of Google Glasses and I shared a smart car, however I lent my glasses to a friend who also owns the car and they crash it. Then this siren server might think that I was the cause of the crash, thus increasing my health and car insurance because of the Google Glass.
I don’t like the idea of some major parts of my life being interfered with through lifeless technology. I can deal with the pop up advertisements on ‘cheap cinema tickets’ because I go to them sites regularly. But for technology to keep advancing, and in some ways surpassing, the way we live and to interfere by replacing our jobs (such as Kodak and Instagram) or judging our lives I believe to be wrong and will cause problems in the future for the way our society deals with technology and the major corporations.