Dawn of the New Everything by Jaron Lanier
Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality

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A spirited exploration of tech by a devotee who holds out the hope that bright things are just around the corner.
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Named one of the best books of 2017 by The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, & Vox

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 his life in technology, Jaron Lanier, an interdisciplinary scientist and father of the term “virtual reality,” exposes VR’s ability to illuminate and amplify our understanding of our species, and gives readers a new perspective on how the brain and body connect to the world. An inventive blend of autobiography, science writing, philosophy and advice, this book tells the wild story of his personal and professional life as a scientist, from his childhood in the UFO territory of New Mexico, to the loss of his mother, the founding of the first start-up, and finally becoming a world-renowned technological guru.

Understanding virtual reality as being both a scientific and cultural adventure, Lanier demonstrates it to be a humanistic setting for technology. While his previous books offered a more critical view of social media and other manifestations of technology, in this book he argues that virtual reality can actually make our lives richer and fuller.

 

About Jaron Lanier

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Jaron Lanier is a scientist and musician best known for his work in Virtual Reality research, a term he coined and popularized. Time named him one of the “Time 100” in 2010. He lives in Berkeley, California.
 
Published November 21, 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.. 361 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Aug 06 2017

A spirited exploration of tech by a devotee who holds out the hope that bright things are just around the corner.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Jon Day on Dec 07 2017

Dawn of the New Everything lacks the directed energy of his previous books, fusing techno-utopian thought experiments with truncated memoir, but still contains plenty to argue with.

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Reviewed by Simon Parkin on Nov 20 2017

The result is a more 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.

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Reviewed by Annalee Newitz on Dec 02 2017

If you're willing to set these moments of cluelessness aside, there's a lot to learn here. Lanier's overarching argument winds up going in an unexpected but welcome direction...

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The Economist

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on Nov 16 2017

His new book is a memoir about virtual reality and a history of how the utopian thinking of Silicon Valley has brought dysfunction and division. It will be essential reading, not just for VR-watchers but for anyone interested in how society came to be how it is...

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