Jaron Lanier’s ideas for the future of profiting from your own data

Computer philosophy writer and “founding father of virtual reality” Jaron Lanier chats with The Verge’s editor-in-chief Nilay Patel about why he’s optimistic about the future in this week’s Vergecast interview. Lanier shares his thoughts on how the “manipulation economy” has reshaped the world we live in and why we should be controlling and profiting from our own data.

You can listen to the discussion in its entirety on The Vergecast right now. Below is a lightly edited excerpt from this interview regarding some of Jaron’s ideas about how we could potentially monetize our own data and avoid our increasing fear of obsolescence.

Nilay Patel: How do you make people’s data valuable? Do you have to pass a law?

Jaron Lanier: It has to…

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