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World Thinkers 2014: Jaron Lanier

Computer scientist and technology theorist, US

By Prospect Team  

Described by Wired magazine in the early 1990s as the “visionary high priest of virtual reality,” a term he did much to popularise, today Lanier is one of the most original and sceptical voices in Silicon Valley. In his most recent book, Who Owns the Future?, he examines the way the internet has accelerated the hollowing-out of the American middle class.

Further reading

You are not a gadget: A profile of Jaron Lanier, by Jennifer Kahn

How to think about privacy: An interview with Jaron Lanier

An experiment with anarchy: Thomas Meaney reviews Lanier’s latest book…

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