Just in time for April Fools’ Day, we’ve assembled a panel of pundits to point out the foolishness going on in the tech world.
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Senior writer Lex Friedman joins senior editor Dan Moren to talk smartwatches, Google Glass, and Apple’s possible future in the burgeoning trend of wearable computing.
Jaron Lanier, pioneering computer scientist, musician, visual artist, and author, discusses his book, You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto. Lanier discusses effects of the web becoming “regularized” and dangers he sees with “hive mind” production, which he claims leads to “crummy design.” He also explains why he thinks advertising is a misnomer, contending that modern advertising is more about access to potential consumers than expressive or creative form. Lanier also advocates for more peer-to-peer rather than hub-and-spoke transactions, discusses why he’s worried about the disappearance of the middle class, claims that “free” isn’t really free, talks about libertarian ideals, and explains why he’s ultimately hopeful about the future.
This week Jaron Lanier — composer, performer, computer scientist, philosopher and pioneer of virtual reality — gets seriously sceptical about somebody a lot of people think of as a hero: Julian Assange. The Internet, according to Lanier, was influenced in equal degrees by 1960s romanticism and cold war paranoia. If the political world becomes a mirror of the Internet, then the world will be restructured around secretive digital power centres surrounded by a sea of chaotic, underachieving openness. WikiLeaks is such a centre. It’s the world of nerd supremacy.
Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author.
In his new book You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, he discusses what he believes to be the biggest problem on the web today: intellectual piracy.
Initially, Lanier was one of the early digital leaders that praised the possibilities of the Internet and was optimistic about its uses for musicians, artists, scientists, and developers. He has since come to the realization that the intellectual collective that the Internet has fostered may have come at the expense of individual creativity.
Lanier’s new book is a manifesto against "open culture" in which he posits a new theory against hive mentality. He argues the Internet has produced a new social contract in which the work of creatives has become public domain, the property of the majority.
Jaron Lanier, philosopher, digital guru and architect of Virtual Reality, is worried.
Individual creativity has begun to go out of fashion. Machines, specifically computers, are no longer just tools to be used by the human mind - these days, we treat them as if they are altogether better than humans.
Join Jaron Lanier as he delivers a call to arms against digital collectivism and proposes richer, more productive ways in which technology might interact with our culture.
Chair: Nico Macdonald, writer and consultant on design, technology and innovation
London School of Economics
Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, philosopher and all round digital guru who has spent his careers pushing the transformative power of modern technology to its limits. From inventing virtual reality and creating the world’s first immersive avatars, as one of the premier designers at work today he received in 2009 a lifetime achievement award from the IEEE and was named one of the top 100 public intellectuals by Prospect and Foreign Policy.
This event celebrates the publication of his latest book You are Not a Gadget