Jaron Lanier-5 (credit Doug Menuez, Stockland Martel)

Jaron Lanier

Dawn of the New Everything

Festival of Ideas/
Sat 11 November 2017

Jaron Lanier

Dawn of the New Everything

Jaron Lanier-5 (credit Doug Menuez, Stockland Martel)
Sat 11 November 2017,

Legendary computer scientist, visionary and artist Jaron Lanier tells the extraordinary story of how in just over three decades Virtual Reality (VR) went from being a dream to a reality – and how it will transform us and our world. He argues that VR is far more interesting than any single technology, however spectacular. It is, in fact, the most effective device ever invented for researching what a human being actually is – and how we think and feel.

More than 30 years ago, Lanier pioneered its invention. In his latest book he blends scientific investigation, philosophical thought-experiment and a memoir of a life lived at the epicentre of digital innovation to explain what VR really is: the science of comprehensive illusion; the extension of the intimate magic of earliest childhood into adulthood; a shared, waking-state, intentional, communicative, collaborative dream; a hint of what life would be like without any limits. As Lanier shows, we are standing on the threshold of an entirely new realm of human creativity, expression, communication and experience. While we can use VR to test our relationship with reality, it will test us in return, for how we choose to use it will reveal who we truly are.

Photo credit Doug Menuez, Stockland Martel.

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