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Dawn of the New Everything Jaron Lanier

Dawn of the New Everything By Jaron Lanier

Dawn of the New Everything by Jaron Lanier


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Dawn of the New Everything Summary

Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality by Jaron Lanier

Named a Best Book of the Year by the Economist, Wall Street Journal & Vox

'The father of virtual reality' (Sunday Times) explains why virtual reality presents the ultimate test for humanity.


'Essential reading, not just for VR-watchers but for anyone interested in how society came to be how it is, and what it might yet become' Economist

Welcome to a mind-expanding, life-enhancing, world-changing adventure.

Virtual reality has long been one of the dominant cliches of science fiction. Now virtual reality is a reality: from the startling beauty of lifelike video games to the place where war veterans overcome PTSD, surgeries are trialled, and aircraft and cities are designed. VR is, in fact now, the most effective device ever invented for researching what a human being actually is - and how we think and feel.

More than thirty years ago, legendary computer scientist, visionary and artist Jaron Lanier pioneered its invention. Here he blends scientific investigation, philosophical thought experiment and his memoir of a life lived at the centre of digital innovation to explain what VR really is: the science of comprehensive illusion; the extension of the intimate magic of earliest childhood into adulthood; a hint of what life would be like without any limits.

We are standing on the threshold of an entirely new realm of human creativity, expression, communication and experience, and as we use VR to test our relationship with reality, it may test us in return.

'Vivid and absolutely extraordinary' Evening Standard

Dawn of the New Everything Reviews

A terrific book by a supremely intelligent guy ... vivid and absolutely extraordinary * Evening Standard *
Essential reading, not just for VR-watchers but for anyone interested in how society came to be how it is, and what it might yet become * Economist *
A studied and nuanced interrogation of VR's potential, as well as a gentle critique of what he sees as a failure of imagination when it comes to the medium's current proponents ... interspersing the general ideas, principles and promise of VR with intimate autobiography ... aided by the fact that Lanier's childhood was preposterously unusual ... combin[ing] tragedy, whimsy and peril in ways that might seem far-fetched for even a David Lynch film * Observer *
Lanier is a visionary who sees a world suffused with the possibility of good ... As with William Blake, you might first be repelled by the strangeness of it all, the sense of teetering on the edge of madness, but, on looking closer, you realise you are in the presence of a gifted truth-teller -- Brian Appleyard * Sunday Times *
Fascinating as life itself ... a modern history of the industry that changed the world -- Hugo Rifkind * The Times *

About Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier is a philosopher and computer scientist who has spent his career pushing the transformative power of modern technology to its limits. From coining the term 'Virtual Reality' and creating the world's first immersive avatars to developing cutting-edge medical imaging and surgical techniques, Lanier is one of the premier designers and engineers at work today. He is also one of the most celebrated technology writers in the world, whose previous book Who Owns the Future? was named the most important book of 2013 by Joe Nocera in The New York Times and whose first book You Are Not a Gadget was named one of the ten best books of 2010 by Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time, one of the 100 top public intellectuals by Foreign Policy, and one of the top 50 World Thinkers by Prospect. He is currently Interdisciplinary Scientist at Microsoft Research and a highly accomplished musician with one of the largest and most varied collections of rare instruments in the world, all of which he plays.

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GOR009604759
9781784701536
178470153X
Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality by Jaron Lanier
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2018-09-06
368
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