When: Sun., Aug. 11, 3 p.m. 2013
“Who owns the future?” Jaron Lanier asks in his new book, forthrightly titled just that. Lanier, described by The New York Times as a “mega-wizard in futurist circles,” is seemingly a walking contradiction: the longtime technologist for Microsoft Research is also an avid writer and theorist arguing for a cautionary approach to our increasingly enmeshed relationship with technology. You Are Not a Gadget, his first book, was published in 2010 and was wildly predictive of the fast-approaching iPhone-chained future. Join Lanier this Sunday at Diesel (5433 College Ave., Oakland) as he discusses his new book, which plumbs the shameless and rampant mining of consumer data from our online footprints by tech giants like Facebook and Google, asking the bigger question, should anyone own the future in the first place?