41 Facts About Jaron Lanier


Jaron Zepel Lanier is an American computer scientist, visual artist, computer philosophy writer, technologist, futurist, and composer of contemporary classical music.


Jaron Lanier has composed contemporary classical music and is a collector of rare instruments ; his acoustic album, Instruments of Change features Asian wind and string instruments such as the khene mouth organ, the suling flute, and the sitar-like esraj.


Jaron Lanier teamed with Mario Grigorov to compose the soundtrack to the documentary film The Third Wave.


In 2010, Jaron Lanier was named to the TIME 100 list of most influential people.


Jaron Lanier's mother and father were Jewish; his mother was a Nazi concentration camp survivor from Vienna, and his father's family had emigrated from Ukraine to escape the pogroms.


Jaron Lanier lived in tents for an extended period with his father before embarking on a seven-year project to build a geodesic dome home that he helped design.


At the age of 13, Jaron Lanier convinced New Mexico State University to let him enroll.


From 1979 to 1980, Jaron Lanier's NSF-funded project at NMSU focused on "digital graphical simulations for learning".


Jaron Lanier attended art school in New York during this time, but returned to New Mexico and worked as an assistant to a midwife.


The father of a baby he helped deliver gave him a car as a gift, which Jaron Lanier later drove to Santa Cruz.


Jaron Lanier was visiting scholar with the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University, a visiting artist with New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, and a founding member of the International Institute for Evolution and the Brain.


Some of Jaron Lanier's speculation involves what he calls "post-symbolic communication".


Jaron Lanier sees this behavior, especially as exchanged between two octopodes, as a direct behavioral expression of thought.


Jaron Lanier's criticism aims at several targets that concern him and are at different levels of abstraction:.


In December 2006 Jaron Lanier followed up his critique of the collective wisdom with an article in Edge entitled "Beware the Online Collective".


Jaron Lanier accuses Web 2.0 developments of devaluing progress and innovation, as well as glorifying the collective at the expense of the individual.


Jaron Lanier criticizes Wikipedia and Linux as examples of this problem; Wikipedia for what he sees as: its "mob rule" by anonymous editors, the weakness of its non-scientific content, and its bullying of experts.


Jaron Lanier argues that there are limitations to certain aspects of the open source and content movement in that they lack the ability to create anything truly new and innovative.


For example, Jaron Lanier argues that the open source movement did not create the iPhone.


Jaron Lanier calls these firms "Siren Servers", alluding to the Sirens of Ulysses.


Jaron Lanier proposes a two-way linking system that would point to the source of any piece of information, creating an economy of micropayments that compensates people for original material they post to the web.


Jaron Lanier cites modern VR's rich resume beyond gaming and entertainment: it has been used to treat war veterans overcoming PTSD; by doctors to perform intricate surgeries; by paraplegics wanting to feel the sense of flight; and as a mechanism to prototype almost every vehicle fabricated in the last two decades.


Jaron Lanier asserts that the Internet mirrors the contemporary culture accurately,.


Jaron Lanier is a pianist and a specialist in many non-western musical instruments, especially the wind and string instruments of Asia.


Jaron Lanier maintains one of the largest and most varied collections of actively-played rare instruments in the world.


Jaron Lanier has performed with artists as diverse as Philip Glass, Ornette Coleman, George Clinton, Vernon Reid, Terry Riley, Duncan Sheik, Pauline Oliveros, and Stanley Jordan.


Jaron Lanier is currently working on a book, Technology and the Future of the Human Soul, and a music album, Proof of Consciousness, in collaboration with Mark Deutsch.


Jaron Lanier is working with Terry Riley on a collaborative opera to be entitled Bastard, the First.


Jaron Lanier has pioneered the use of Virtual Reality in musical stage performance with his band Chromatophoria, which has toured around the world as a headline act in venues such as the Montreux Jazz Festival.


Jaron Lanier plays virtual instruments and uses real instruments to guide events in virtual worlds.


In October 2010, Lanier collaborated with Rollins College and John V Sinclair's Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra for his Worldwide Premiere of "Symphony for Amelia".


On May 9,1999, Jaron Lanier authored a New York Times opinion piece entitled "Piracy is Your Friend" in which he argued that the record labels were a much bigger threat to artists than piracy.


Jaron Lanier has served on numerous advisory boards, including the Board of Councilors of the University of Southern California, Medical Media Systems, for the Microdisplay Corporation, and for NY3D.


Jaron Lanier is a member of the Global Business Network, part of the Monitor Group.


Jaron Lanier was credited as one of the miscellaneous crew for the 2002 film Minority Report.


Jaron Lanier stated that his role was to help make up the gadgets and scenarios.


Jaron Lanier has appeared on The Colbert Report, Charlie Rose, and The Tavis Smiley Show.


Jaron Lanier appeared on ABC's The View during the final seven minutes of the show on 19 June 2018, promoting his book Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.


Jaron Lanier was a guest on the Radiolab podcast episode "The Cataclysm Sentence", released on 18 April 2020.


Jaron Lanier appeared on the Lex Fridman podcast on September 6,2021 to talk about his views on AI, social media, VR and the future of humanity.


Jaron Lanier has had speaking engagments and presentations at Concordia University Wisconsin and University Temple United Methodist Church.