Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality

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Henry Holt and Company, Nov 21, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 351 pages
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The guru of virtual reality looks back at the unique experiences that formed his vision for the future of technology


With a singular voice and perspective, Lanier who The New York Times calls "daringly original . . . a major wizard in the futurist circus. He is the father of virtual reality in the gaudy, reputation-burnishing way that Michael Jackson was the king of pop" considers the future of virtual technology in a book that blends memoir with ideas. He tells the wild story of his own relationship with technology by starting from the beginning. The son of Jewish immigrants and concentration camp survivors, raised in the UFO territory of New Mexico, he lost his mother at a young age and built a geodesic dome with his father in the desert. He worked as a goatherd and midwife, attended college before graduating high school, transferred to and failed out of a tony northeast liberal arts college, played music for money on the streets of New York, and eventually landed in Silicon Valley at the dawn of the first tech boom where he suddenly became rich. This crazy course to becoming a world renowned technology guru informs Lanier's optimism about virtual reality--the technology he has been immersed in from its very start. While he has been very critical of social media and other manifestations of technology, he believes that virtual reality can actually make our lives richer and fuller.Dawn of the New Everything is ultimately a look at what it means to be human in the dawn of unprecedented technological possibility.

 

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Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality

User Review  - Karl Helicher - Book Verdict

Lanier (Who Owns the Future), often considered the founder of virtual reality (VR), tells about his unconventional childhood in Las Cruces, NM, and his years creating this emerging discipline in ... Read full review

Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality

User Review  - Jaron Lanier - Publishers Weekly

Alternating between personal memoir and the history of virtual reality technology leading up to take, computer scientist Lanier (Who Owns the Future?) transports readers to the experimental, obsessive ... Read full review

Contents

RESCUE SPACECRAFT
22
WHY I LOVE VR ABOUT THE BASICS
47
ROAD
63
COAST
80
VALLEY OF UNEARTHLY DELIGHTS
91
ALIEN ENCOUNTERS
104
THE FEELING OF IMMERSION
116
TO DON THE NEW EVERYTHING
127
THE VPL EXPERIENCE
209
INSIDEOUT SPHERES A LITTLE ABOUT VR VIDEO AND SOUND
226
HOW WE SETTLED INTO A SEED FOR THE FUTURE
249
REALITYS FOIL
282
AFTERWORD
289
POSTSYMBOLIC COMMUNICATION
291
More Transcript 291 Kind of Blue 294 Speak
300
DUELING DEMIGODS
323

NAUTICAL DAWN
147
SIX DEGREES A LITTLE ABOUT SENSORS AND VR DATA
168
FOUND
180
BE YOUR OWN PYRAMIDION ABOUT VISUAL DISPLAYS FOR VR
192
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
337
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
352
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About the author (2017)

Jaron Lanier is the author of You Are Not a Gadget, and Who Owns the Future? He has appeared in several documentaries on virtual reality, includingSynthetic Pleasures and Rage Against the Machines, and has won several awards for his writing and research on virtual reality, including the Goldsmith Book Prize and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. He holds honorary degrees from Franklin and Marshall College and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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