Siren Server

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A Siren Server is a term created by technology genius Jaron Lanier and first discussed in his book Who Owns The Future?

Q. What is a “Siren Server” and how does it function?

Jaron: A. I needed a broad name for the gargantuan cloud computer services that are concentrating wealth and influence in our era. They go by so many names! There are national intelligence agencies, the famous Silicon Valley companies with nursery school names, the stealthy high finance schemes, and others.

All these schemes are quite similar. The biggest computers can predictably calculate wealth and clout on a broad, statistical level. For instance, an insurance company might use massive amounts of data to only insure people who are unlikely to get sick. The problem is that the risk and loss that can be avoided by having the biggest computer still exist. Everyone else must pay for the risk and loss that the Siren Server can avoid.

The interesting thing about the original Homeric Sirens was that they didn’t actually attack sailors. The fatal peril was that sailors volunteered to grant the sirens control of the interaction. That’s what we’re all doing with the biggest computing schemes.

Also See Network Empire

Also See Theme Zoom

Also See Value Theory

Also See Black Swan Theory

Also See Sue Bell

Also See Russell Wright

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