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by Hannah Leitheiser

Various Economies

Who Ownes the Future?

Jaron Lanier




Continuing to read Who Owns the Future by Lanier.

I've thought about this before, but if you think about the world, nearly everyone is doing something: homeless are picking through the trash, mothers are putting their children to sleep, people are writing posts for Twitter, a store manager is walking into his office, and a musician is writing a song.

Then you have a system of economy overlaid onto those activities. Some will pay well, some will not. You can point to someone playing a necessary role in society -- perhaps an unskilled worker -- and say, 'you don't deserve to live on your wage,' because many types of economies are possible.

Technology will change what people do, but it can't be expected to stop people from doing things. How it influences jobs will depend on how the new activities interface with new economies. (In the short term, it dosn't look....good.)