Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality
The father of virtual reality explains its dazzling possibilities by reflecting on his own lifelong relationship with technology
Bridging the gap between tech mania and the experience of being inside the human body, Dawn of the New Everything is a look at what it means to be human at a moment of unprecedented technological possibility.
Through a fascinating look back over...more
I admit it: I was wrong. After reading Jaron Lanier’s Ten Arguments, I dismissed him as a half-literate techno-traitor peddling some personal resentment about a mis-spent life in technology; but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Steered by another GR reader, I ran smack into Dawn of the New Everything and immediately began groveling. Lanier is not only someone of integrity, he is the kind of person who is worthwhile aspiring to in the very specific sense that he has ...more
First and foremost, Lanier is a humanist. Much of that may come from his ...more
His storytelling here is warm, caring, human and accessible but still he stretches my brain almost to the breaking point. This book is a solid workout for the heart and the ...more
The father of virtual reality writes an autobiography. That's the best way to explain this book. Along the way, he teaches you a great deal about (wait for it) virtual reality.
The extremely clever part of the book is that Jaron Lanier examines how each person examines reality in a different way. He communicates this by telling his life story in the way he ...more
12 - "VR is technology of noticing experience itself."
19 - "Instrumentation to explore motor cortex intelligence" (in it we can become cephalopods!)
Sober because he reminds the reader that "VR is part of a wonderful universe; neither a means of removal from it, nor a fantasy getting he ...more
(view spoiler)[Lanier J (2017) (14:28) Dawn of the New Everything - Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality
Preface: Virtual Reality’s Moment
– What Is It?
– What Can a Book Do That VR Can’t, at Least as Yet?
– How to Read This Book
– Meeting My Younger Self
01.1960s: Terrors of Eden
– Beyond Recall
– Outlasting Cruelty
– First Experiment
– Where in the ...more
Nonetheless, if you are ...more
"New York City amplified you right back at yourself, a giant parabolic mirror. As your walked down the street you made eye contact and exchanged subconscious signals with thousands of people. You dove into the densest hub of ...more
I can't think of a nonfiction book that has given me more to think about - called ...more
At its worst it's a seven course meal of 96 ounce steaks.
And I still find myself grappling with the notion I walked away with during part of it that "abstract things aren't real". Not sure I agree. And yet this guy is an expert on realities. Maybe it's nomenclature.
You don't have to agree with the ocean but it's still epic.
For the initiated though, this is a ...more
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In the sciences:
Jaron Lanier scientific interests include biomimetic information architectures, user interfaces, heterogeneous scientific simulations, advanced information systems for medicine, and computational approaches to the fundamentals of physics. He collaborates with a wide range of scientists in fields related to ...more