Jaron Lanier is as eccentric as he is smart and accomplished. He is the author of a manifesto titled You Are Not a Gadget as well as one of the better known critics of the technological singularity as a religion for geeks.
The video below was recorded during this year’s Personal Democracy Forum conference in New York City exploring and analyzing technology’s impact on politics and government. This year’s topic was The Internet’s New Political Power and Jaron Lanier shares the ideas of his upcoming new book on How To Not Create A New Cyber Plutocracy.
During his 20 min talk Jaron covers a number of issues and trends such as the simultaneous rise of concentration of power in the hands of big data companies such as Google, Bing and Facebook as well as the ability of the public to petition for change, such as the recent successful SOPA protests; the rise of the internet and the fall of the middle class; why value always comes from people and so on…