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Jaron Lanier

A Chat with Information Scientist Pedro Marijuán

Suzan Mazur | Posted 08.06.2016 | Science
Suzan Mazur

PEDRO CLEMENTE MARIJUÁN While there is still no scientific consensus on what "life" is -- although that does not deter attempts to make life in the...

Pokémon GO is a Much Bigger Deal Than You Ever Imagined

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.22.2016 | Technology
Jesse Damiani

So, Pokémon GO dropped a couple weeks ago and things have gotten...weird. Wyoming teen playing new Pokemon game on phone discovers bodyPokémon Go's...

The Future of Tech Just Changed at VRTO--Here's Why That Matters to You

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.18.2016 | Technology
Jesse Damiani

When Isaac Asimov penned the "Three Laws of Robotics" for a short story, it's safe to say he never imagined they would persist as guiding principles i...

The New Mind Manipulators

Jeremy Lent | Posted 04.23.2017 | Media
Jeremy Lent

Your mind is being controlled by distant strangers who don't have your best interests at heart. If that sounds like a paranoid fantasy, brace yourself...

Book Review: Narrative as Virtual Reality 2

Illya Szilak | Posted 12.29.2016 | Home
Illya Szilak

This lucidly written updated book by independent literary scholar Marie-Laure Ryan addresses virtual reality (VR) not as a medium associated with specific hardware, but more loosely as a form of storytelling primarily concerned with immersion and interactivity.

One Thing About Virtual Reality That Everyone Should Remember

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 09.22.2015 | Technology

You might think it's annoying when people stare at their smartphones, but just wait until they have screens strapped to their faces. If Facebook head ...

Jaron Lanier Interview: Maximum Openness = Maximum Closedness

Suzan Mazur | Posted 06.02.2014 | Technology
Suzan Mazur

Lanier's concerns and pronouncements in Who Owns the Future? are chilling regarding the consolidation of power enabled by the digital world. In our conversation he told me that "maximum openness actually turns out to be maximum closedness," referring to the five big tightly controlled platforms.

A New & Improved Digital Future, Or History Redux?

Michael Vazquez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Michael Vazquez

Herewith, notes from a bitter, would-be messenger. Like always, please ignore all typos. While I fully comprehend the strategic leveraging of soci...

To What End Are We Connecting the World?

Chris Hoofnagle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Chris Hoofnagle

The Circle joins Gary Shteyngart's hilarious Super Sad True Love Story in its prediction of the kind of world we might get to live in if we continue to outsource our data and decisions about it to Silicon Valley's technocrats.

WATCH: Can The Middle Class Survive The Instagram Economy?

Posted 05.15.2013 | Technology

In its heyday, Kodak employed 140,000 people. Today, Kodak's replacement Instagram employs under 30. Is it possible for the middle class to thrive whe...

'Why the Hell Did We Do That to Ourselves?' Jaron Lanier on the Digital Economy

San Francisco magazine | Posted 07.07.2013 | San Francisco
San Francisco magazine

Computer scientist and writer Jaron Lanier on why he thinks our digital economy is screwed -- and how he proposes to fix it.

Thirty Years Of Sublime Rock 'n' Roll: A Conversation With Marshall Crenshaw, Plus Chatting With Petra Haden, Cory Mon and Wes Kirkpatrick

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.11.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Back in 1981, Marshall Crenshaw's single "Something's Gonna Happen" was released on Shake Records, initiating his string of critically acclaimed classic albums and 45s. Now Marshall, celebrating 30 years of music-making, sits down to talk.

Cybertherapy Is Cyber, But Is It Therapy?

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Sigman

To me, adding avatars to the mix may threaten the most deeply healing aspect of therapy: the implicit trust forged by the mysterious bond between therapist and patient; the world in which profound discoveries, and life changes, are facilitated.

It's Okay to Be Ambidextrous, but Don't Let Either Hand Do All the Work: on Jaron Lanier and Book Buying

John Mesjak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Mesjak

Indie bricks and mortar bookstores may not always be able to satisfy that desire for "search-find-click-done" instantaneity, but online search & shop can only take us so far.

Best Worst Dressed Brands of SXSW Interactive (and a Film I Love)

Alona Elkayam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Alona Elkayam

At SXSW 2010 you would have seen swarms of twenty, thirty and forty somethings, with their neck craned and their heads bowed, staring down at mobile devices and computers.

Why "Talk" Culture will Destroy the World

Hugh McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Hugh McGuire

In the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani takes on the Internet, remix culture, post-modernism and the technology-induced Decline of Western Civilizatio...

iPad, I Am

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Thane Rosenbaum

For many people who live in Manhattan and make a living by putting words on paper, the iPad might one day be remembered as its own Manhattan Project

Participatory Media and Why I Love it (and Must Defend It)

Caterina Fake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Caterina Fake

Jaron Lanier does not understand that people do things for reasons other than bolstering their egos and making money. Those who engage in participatory media are not "robbed of dignity."