You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto

By Jaron Lanier

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A programmer, musician, and father of digital truth expertise, Jaron Lanier was once a pioneer in electronic media, and one of the first to foretell the progressive alterations it can carry to our trade and tradition. Now, with the internet influencing nearly each point of our lives, he deals this provocative critique of the way electronic layout is shaping society, for greater and for worse.
Informed through Lanier’s event and services as a working laptop or computer scientist, You should not a Gadget discusses the technical and cultural difficulties that experience unwittingly risen from programming choices—such because the nature of consumer identity—that have been “locked-in” on the beginning of electronic media and considers what a destiny in accordance with present layout philosophies will carry. With the proliferation of social networks, cloud-based information garage platforms, and internet 2.0 designs that raise the “wisdom” of mobs and machine algorithms over the intelligence and knowledge of people, his message hasn't ever been extra urgent.

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