FROM Jaron Lanier
Should Digital Networks Pay Us for Our Info? Jaron Lanier was a pioneer of virtual reality. He sold a start-up to Google and helped Walmart, Fannie Mae, banks and hedge funds learn to use computerized information. He's now working on several projects for Microsoft. All that has made him a uniquely authoritative critic of the digital economy he has helped to create. Last year in Who Owns the Future he argued that Google, Facebook and Twitter should be paying all their users for making those companies rich. Since then, we've learned more about the downside of "Big Data." Who Owns the Future is now out in paperback and Lanier joins us in our studios in Santa Monica. Jaron Lanier will be at Pages Bookstore in Manhattan Beach tonight, April 23, at 7pm.
In the Age of Big Data, Is Privacy No Big Deal? Last year two US Senators who couldn't provide details said, "most Americans would be stunned" if they knew the extent of government surveillance. Now people know more, and a recent poll shows they're not "stunned" after all. Sixty percent are ready to sacrifice privacy in the interests of security. But others claim the government's gathering much more than it needs to know, accessing the Big Data of Internet giants like Google and Apple. As the companies make big money on what users give them for free, is the government amassing power that could weaken Democracy?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?