If you missed Jaron Lanier’s manifesto You Are Not a Gadget, you’ve got some catching up to do. Gadget, which imagines a more humane internet, earned praise from such diverse sources as engineers, software designers, Zadie Smith, and me. Lanier’s new book, Who Owns the Future, is about how digital technology can save our economy. Any douchebag can call himself a futurist, but Lanier has earned the title by being ahead of the curve on every major technological advancement since the internet began. Go see what we should do next. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, townhallseattle.org, 7:30 pm, $5)

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