Dawn of the New Everything by Jaron Lanier

Dawn of the New Everything

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, Jaron Lanier has written a three-pronged adventure into "virtual reality," by exposing its ability to illuminate and amplify our understanding of our species. An inventive blend of autobiography, science writing, philosophy, and advic...

Details Dawn of the New Everything

TitleDawn of the New Everything
Release DateNov 28th, 2017
PublisherHenry Holt and Co.
GenreNonfiction, Science, Technology, Philosophy, Biography, Literature, 21st Century, Computer Science

Reviews Dawn of the New Everything

  • Tonstant Weader
    To many people, Jaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality. He coined the term in its contemporary usage though points to an older, literary use. Lanier is a credit-sharer, not a credit-grabber, so this memoir of his childhood, early work and years at VPL Research, Inc. is full of sharing the credit with mentors and collaborators. Lanier, though, is not your typical Silicon Valley entrepreneur/coder/inventor.First and foremost, Lanier is a hum...
  • Peter O'Kelly
    A review and interview to consider:http://www.economist.com/news/books-a...http://www.businessinsider.com/jaron-...
  • Antonio Gallo
    Che cos’è la realtà? La risposta presuppone la conoscenza dei “luoghi”, reali e virtuali, nei quali ogni giorno viviamo e che crediamo di conoscere abbastanza. Purtroppo, ahimè, alla fine, ci accorgiamo che quella che abbiamo vissuto, non è quella realtà che abbiamo pensato. Infatti, nessuno è venuto a dirci, almeno finora, cosa c’è “oltre” di essa. Il “dopo”, per intenderci. Per non parlare poi del “prima”. Se le cose ...
  • Joan
    If you're a technologist who can't quite get behind Facebook and doesn't necessarily think AI is going to take over the world, but can't put your finger on exactly why (that's me!), this book may help. Dawn of the New Everything is a memoir about the way the internet didn't turn out. It explores the humanistic side of technology, and how VR (or at least some of the lessons of VR) could shift the way we think about capitalism, "content," people's ...
  • Jim Nail
    I really don’t know how to review this book, it is so completely removed from the life I have lived. But I read every word of it, understood some of it, and learned a lot about the world as it is and where it is going. If, like me, you are a boomer who followed the hippie dream and paid no attention to the technical revolution going on at the same time, you might benefit from reading Jaron Lanier. He links the two dreams of the 60s with a passi...
  • Max Metral
    The first half of the book is fine - a meandering walk down memory lane of VR and the early Technology revolution. But there’s a lot of self congratulation in here, and Appendix 2 is perhaps the worst piece of wannabe computer science I’ve come across. To argue that non-procedural languages are immune to viruses or somehow not going to execute on procedural processors is just nonsense. Sorry to have to say it because he's by all accounts a sm...
  • Oliver Brackenbury
    An interesting history, and cause for re-assessment, of a technology I think a lot of people still dismiss as some clunky fad from the late 80's and early 90's. Mix in Lanier's powerful humanism and interesting ideas for how to re-assess a whole lot more than VR and you have a pretty damn good read.
  • Phil Oliver
    Lanier is still a sane and humane voice of reason in an increasingly giddy tech world distanced from and disinterested in embodied, subjective reality. "Most technology reinforces the feeling that reality is just a sea of gadgets... VR is the technology that instead highlights the existence of your subjective experience. It proves you are real." And are still not a gadget.
  • Patrick Pilz
    This book contains nothing that the title suggests. This is the intellectual brain fart of a borderline crazy though apparently successful person. It reads like a Jason Pollock painting, gave up after about 25%
  • Phil
    One of the founding fathers of Silicon Valley describes both his own life and the history of the past and future of VR. This book is full of hard-won insights and empathy, which means that his asides are more provocative than most theses.