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Jaron Lanier

computer scientist, artist, author
Jaron Lanier is a scientist, musician, and writer best known for his work in virtual reality and his advocacy of humanism and sustainable economics in a digital context. His 1980s start-up created the first commercial VR products and introduced avatars, multi-person virtual world experiences, and prototypes of major VR applications such as surgical simulation. Lanier coined or popularized the terms ‘virtual reality’ and ‘mixed reality.’ He recently released a book called Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality. Both of his previous books, Who Owns the Future? and You Are Not a Gadget, have been international bestsellers. His upcoming book is called Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.

Past Programs Featuring Jaron Lanier