Volume: Fall 2010  Issue: 4 Tuesday, July 29, 2014

You Are Not A Gadget: What Happens When We Stop Shaping Technology and Technology Starts Shaping Us?

Jaron Lanier
Thursday, September 30
6:30-7:45 p.m.
Simms Center for the Performing Arts, Auditorium

This lecture will offer a provocative and cautionary look at how the web is changing our lives for better and worse. Jaron will discuss current web design and argue that it has locked into place certain dangerous and anti human features—including elevating the "wisdom" of crowds above individual human intelligence. Jaron is unique as a critic of technology; a dedicated computer scientist, he argues that we can create better technology—technology with a human face. His book, You Are Not a Gadget, will be available for purchase and signing at the lecture.

A recent article, "Does the Digital Classroom Enfeeble the Mind?," can be viewed on the New York Times web site.

A renaissance man for the 21st century, Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author who writes on numerous topics, including high-technology business, the social impact of technology, the philosophy of consciousness and information, Internet politics, and the future of humanism. Jaron was recently named to the "Thinkers" category of the 2010 Time 100, the magazine's annual list of people who most affect our world. In 2005, Jaron was included in the top one hundred public intellectuals in the world by Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines. The Encyclopedia Britannica includes him in its list of history's 300 or so greatest inventors. A pioneer in virtual reality (a term he coined), Jaron founded VPL Research—the first company to sell VR products—and led teams creating technology for medicine, design, and numerous other fields. From 2001 to 2004 Jaron was visiting scientist at Silicon Graphics and was scholar-at-large for Microsoft from 2006 to 2009, where he is currently Partner Architect.

Lectures are offered free of charge, but space is limited—click here to register today!

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