Jaron Lanier

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Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier (born 3 May 1960) is an American computer scientist, musician, and writer on technology and society. He is considered one of the pioneers of virtual reality.


  • We should treat computers as fancy telephones, whose purpose is to connect people. Information is alienated experience. Information is not something that exists. Indeed, computers don't really exist, exactly; they're only subject to human interpretation. This is a strong primary humanism I am promoting. As long as we remember that we ourselves are the source of our value, our creativity, our sense of reality, then all of our work with computers will be worthwhile and beautiful.
    • Digerati: Encounters With the Cyber Elite, (1996), ed. by John Brockman

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