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Publisher's Summary

In this captivating audiobook, Jaron Lanier - the father of virtual reality - explains its dazzling possibilities by reflecting on his own lifelong relationship with technology

Bridging the gap between tech mania and the experience of being inside the human body, Dawn of the New Everything is a look at what it means to be human at a moment of unprecedented technological possibility.

Through a fascinating look back over his life in technology, Jaron Lanier, an interdisciplinary scientist and father of the term virtual reality, exposes VR's ability to illuminate and amplify our understanding of our species and gives listeners a new perspective on how the brain and body connect to the world. An inventive blend of autobiography, science writing, philosophy, and advice, this audiobook tells the wild story of his personal and professional life as a scientist, from his childhood in the UFO territory of New Mexico to the loss of his mother, the founding of the first start-up, and finally becoming a world-renowned technological guru.

Understanding virtual reality as being both a scientific and a cultural adventure, Lanier demonstrates it to be a humanistic setting for technology. While his previous publications offered a more critical view of social media and other manifestations of technology, in this audiobook he argues that virtual reality can actually make our lives richer and fuller.

©2017 Jaron Lanier (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"[Oliver Wyman] narrates in a reflective tone that fits well with Lanier's mix of recollections, philosophy, and explanations of technology...Lanier takes the listener through VR breakthroughs like Nintendo's Power Glove and delves into the psychology involved in the VR experience." (AudioFile Magazine)

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The future and how we will get there

I didn’t know Jaron Lanier before reading this book. He is a fascinating person who has contributed a lot to our modern society. He offers important insights into the creation of our technology and its limits and flaws. He is also a grea

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  • Michael
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useful perspective and philosophy grounded in lived experience

Lanier opens the kimono on the history of virtual reality from a pro human and pro tech perspective with personal reflections that kick Silicon Valley’s ass. In a constructive way. This audio book starts slow. It takes you in many directions and ultimately goes deep. His suggestions for the future deserve to be heard, discussed and somehow integrated in people’s and society’s learning. I loved listening to this audiobook.

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A more personal work from a singular thinker

Half autobiography, half discussion of the history and possibilities of VR, this book does both marvelously. Lanier is among the clearest, sanest thinkers in the tech world.

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Loved the book

Virtual reality is a subject interesting enough, but when you put it together with Jaron a Lanier and his own story, it is too good to let go.

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An Eye Opener/New Philosophy for Life

This book is essential for everyone. Lanier's path to VR and beyond touches on almost every concievable cultural, technogical, and political shift in the past century. The anectdotes of bizarre stories from Lanier's life are masterfully written with painstaking deference to pioneers of computer science, programming, business, music, film, and even architecture. The audiobook narration is charming and easy to lose hours at a time listening to. I am excited to read/listen to the rest of Jaron Lanier's books.

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Fascinating insight into VR, AI, Tech in general

Unconventional viewpoint from a founding father of Virtual Reality on internet and tech trends, through the lens of someone who was there working on them from the beginning days to the present day, with insightful commentary borne of the intersection of tech business, visionary new age culture, scientific skepticism, and cyberpunk speculations on futurism.

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Excpetional!!

One of the most thought provocing books I have ever read/heard!! Such a deep thinker, and very engaging. gives a fresh perspective on the world

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pretty great, loved the ending few chapters. probably should have been read by someone a bit more technical just for intonation but no real qualms

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