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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser


Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality

Jaron Lanier




I'm probably repeating myself, but I've finished three books by Lanier and it's a topic he keeps returning to, and I can think of no flaw in the thinking. The growing wealth inequality has to do with information asymmetry between common folk and big technology companies. It is a value judgment to say that growing wealth inequality is bad, and I'm not to make value judgments for the humans, but for wealth to be distributed generally, most need a means to have value. In an information and automation age, individual value can be by default in some kind of socialist system, or in the data and creativity uniquely human. I suppose it's possible to hold back technology voluntarily, and it's possible some catastrophe or lack of energy will cease or reverse technological progress, keeping traditional human labor in the loop. But the current trend is toward plutocracy.