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Us the way to a future where individuals mean than machines this is a searing manifesto against mass mediocrity a creative call to arms and an impassioned defence of the human'A provocative and sure to be controversial book Lucid powerful and persuasive'   The New York Times'There is hardly a page that does not contain some fascinating provocation'    Guardian'Short and frightening from a position of real knowledge and insight'Zadie Smith New York Review of Books'Poetic and prophetic this could be the most important book of the year'    The TimesJaron Lanier is a philosopher and comp This is a slim book that should have been slimmer In fact it should probably have been a couple of articles in Wired Magazine instead I think the Wired readership is pretty much the core target audience for this book The author is a long time software engineer musician and philosopher of technology I’m not sure I’ve ever read any book by a philosopher of technology but that’s definitely what he is The upside of that approach is that he thinks of technology within a framework of ethics and esthetics The downside is that he rants a lot in ways that are both uirky and crankyThe book starts with a long discussion about how early technology standards or platform designs think Windows or UNIX lock in a certain kind of architecture that shapes everything that is built on top of it or plugs into it for better or worse His favorite whipping boy is the MIDI standard used for digitizing music which as a professional musician he thinks is lousy but too deeply entrenched to displace OK but that’s always been the case with standards We’re kind of stuck with railroad gauges of a certain width and light bulb sockets of a certain diameter unless we want to do a lot of large scale tearing down and rebuilding This is not exactly a novel insight Nor is it clear how you avoid this or even if a flawed standard is really worse than the chaos of no standard at allMuch later in the book he makes some very interesting points about what he calls “encapsulated technology” such as computing hardware devices or iPods or Blackberries These he believes progress very rapidly according to Moore’s Law precisely because they are protected behind a sort of fortress wall that makes it possible for their designers to keep advancing the state of the art while they open up some selected aspects of their platforms for 3rd party developers – as Apple and Research in Motion Blackberry have done With open source software by contrast there is no such encapsulation or protection Result this software does NOT evolve This is a very surprising observation and immediately what come to mind are such seeming counter examples as Wikipedia and LINUX But as he points out these two highly successful products are based on long established pre existing models which grew up in the old “encapsulated world” Encyclopedia Britannica and UNIX So are Wikipedia and LINUX truly new or are they just evolutionary advances that harnessed the collective energies of countless contributors willing to work for free in exchange for some bragging rights I think Lanier is mostly right on thisThe above examples lead Lanier to argue that the whole “hive mind” approach of the web and open source and “mash up” style creative models may be running out of juice In fact he thinks they’re suffering from what archeologists would call “pattern exhaustion” where a civilization runs out of new ideas and just starts repeating the same old patterns with minor variations – think of the Maya or Imperial China in their late stages He thinks this hive mind is really killing diversity and original thinking on the web This is pretty provocative stuff coming from Lanier with a lot of truth in itI also very much liked his discussion of the impact of anonymity on the hive mind that drives social networking on the web Since so much of it is anonymous users hide behind a mask and begin writing very ugly andor mindless things Recall that the Ku Klux Klansmen also liked to hide behind their sheets with predictably ugly results It’s not likely that any of this is making a contribution to our civilization Anonymity hiding behind a pseudonym and privacy keeping others from nosing around your personal information are NOT the same thing – which is not a distinction that Lanier makes very clearly howeverHe whines a lot about the implications of creative content on the web being free especially content such as music and journalism Remember he’s a musician and a writer Increasingly people can’t make a living in these professions because they can’t compete against free This is true but is much like complaining about the weather In any industry where barriers to entry are low the marketplace is global the cost of distribution is next to zero and the producers musiciansjournalists are willing to do what they do for little or no money because they love what they do then prices will inevitably move to ridiculously low levels – in most cases FREE – for all but a small rarefied portion of that creative content eg the New York Times and music from brand name musicians I think Lanier forgets that for professions such as music the creators have almost always been unpaid for as long as music has existed Even Mozart nearly starved to death There was a brief heyday for paid musicians in the 20th century but that was an anomalyHis lengthy discussion of “computationally enhanced corruption” was entertaining – not least for the label he used to describe it – but mostly uninformed Yes it’s true that global networks and powerful computers and sophisticated trading platforms have made all kinds of scams possible – things such as Collateralized Debt Obligations CDOs the scam used to peddle near worthless sub prime mortgages to unsuspecting investors all over the world and obscure derivatives strategies and hedging schemes Collectively these nearly brought down the global financial system But very little of what Lanier proposes would have done anything to stop it Overall You Are Not a Gadget was thought provoking and sometimes infuriating but I still maintain it would have been better delivered as a couple of magazine articles in Wired rather than a full length book

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You Are Not a Gadget A ManifestoUter scientist who has spent his career pushing the transformative power of modern technology to its limits From coining the term 'Virtual Reality' and creating the world's first immersive avatars to developing cutting edge medical imaging and surgical techniues Lanier is one of the premier designers and engineers at work todayA musician with a collection of over instruments he has been recognised by Encyclopedia Britannica but certainly not Wikipedia as one of history's greatest inventors and named one of the top one hundred public intellectuals in the world by Prospect and Foreign Policy I had decided to give this four stars but then I read the other Goodreads reviewsEveryone I could see was giving it five or one based on whether or not they agreed My personal favourite review was one where the reviewer hadn't read the book at all but had read a New York Times review of the book and reviewed the book based on that alone I don't know if the author would find that hilarious or horrifying as it both validates his entire thesis and goes against everything the book hopes to inspireSo I don't agree with everything but I agree with the base underlying idea we humans and our internet are both far complicated interesting and vast than the current trend of web applications can hope to contain and it does us a great disservice to lower ourselves to the level of database entriesMy uestion as my friend Craig knows is always then how do we fix it I need to think on that I had a lot of these ideas before but never had them worded uite so clearlyand it seems it's time to think on it all again Because if we the technopriests to borrow our 1995 terminology can't be bothered to lead the flock to a better world then we deserve the world we get and are getting And that world kinda horrifies me to be honest

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eBook ï You Are Not a Gadget A Manifesto Paperback Ø Jaron Lanier Ø ➝ [Epub] ❦ You Are Not a Gadget A Manifesto By Jaron Lanier ➧ – Helpyouantib.co.uk In You are Not a Gadget digital guru and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier reveals how the internet is deadening personal inIn Not a Gadget A EpubYou are Not a PDF #8608 Not a Gadget digital guru and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier reveals how the internet is deadening You Are ePUB #10003 personal interaction stifling genuine inventiveness and even changing us as peopleSomething went wrong around the start of the twenty first century Are Not a PDFEPUB #231 The crowd was wise Social networks replaced individual creativity There were places to express ourselves than ever before yet no one Are Not a Gadget A Kindle really had anything to sayDoes this have to be Are Not a Gadget A Kindle our futureShowing Ever since I read about this book at Bookavore's excellent blog I feared this book How could I not I'm currently employed by a social media company Surely this manifesto would make me rethink my career my hobbies how I spend my time It had the potential to be a paradigm shifting reading experience the kind of experience I hadn't had since reading The Omnivore's Dilemma a few years backThat it didn't realign my thinking on all things digital thankfully is not entirely Lanier's fault Though I found his prose to be too verbose at times If you read something written by someone who used the term single in a custom composed uniue sentence you will inevitably get a first whiff of the subtle experience of the author something you would not get from a multiple choice database he writes convincingly about many troubling aspects of online life It's difficult to argue that online culture hasn't brought out the ugliest aspects of human nature on occasion Anonymity breeds not only snarkiness but cruelty ignorance and even on occasion harassment and intimidation And while I think Lanier drifts off point a bit with regards digital culture's influence on music Seriously who cares what someone looks like when they're listening to music he has a point that the internet seems to have brought on retreads remixes and retro whatevers Who can listen to the The Strokes or Interpol or Fleet Foxes or any of a number of other indie bands and not hear the past pulsing through the speakers and these are the best of these retro bands And while the web has brought about an explosion of text that makes a reader like me feel some optimism too often I see people write off no pun intended anything longer than a paragraph with the dreaded tl;dr tag And don't get me started on the mashup culture that exists on the web How many times have I seen someone on Tumblr say You didn't give me credit for that Terry Richardson photo I posted earlier Huh What I think Lanier is wrong about and the reason this book didn't destroy my faith in social media is that so much of how I experience social media seems to affirm the best of what Lanier hopes for from the web I freuently write blog posts that took me weeks to write as freuently as one can write such posts while working full time; I've attempted and sometimes succeeded in finding ways to use twitter facebook and YouTube to get people to work together on a collaborative project The I like Coldplay therefore that defines me on Facebook argument that Lanier puts forward doesn't hold a lot of sway for me I don't troll for friends by looking for similar cultural totems though I will occasionally seek friendship with someone online based on a thoughtful blog post or Goodreads review they've written I think services like Twitter and Tumblr have enriched my life by presenting me with a feed of useful information and entertainment albeit some of it inane and while Facebook seems determined to be as juvenile as possible it has helped me keep abreast of my friends' lives in ways I never could have beforeI should note that the book ends with a dose of optimism including some science writing that wouldn't be out of place in a Malcolm Gladwell book Additionally this book went a long way towards explaining to me why some people feel a sense of glee when old media companies struggle It all plays into their dreams for what the future holds a world where we're all immortal in the cloud In the end this was a thought provoking book that I would recommend to anyone who thinks deeply about the internet It may not change how you view the web but it might make you reconsider that anonymous comment you were thinking about posting