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

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

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, Jaron Lanier has written a three-pronged adventure into "virtual reality," by exposing its ability to illuminate and amplify our understanding of our species....

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  • Steven

    Young VR veteran reminisces and free associates

  • Joan

    If you're a technologist who can't quite get behind Facebook and doesn't necessarily think AI is going to take over the world, but can't put your finger on exactly why (that's me!), this book may help. Dawn of the New Everything is a memoir about the way the internet didn't turn out. It explores the humanistic side of technology, and how VR (or at least some of the lessons of VR) could shift the way we think about capitalism, "content," people's interactions with technology in the era of fake ne

    If you're a technologist who can't quite get behind Facebook and doesn't necessarily think AI is going to take over the world, but can't put your finger on exactly why (that's me!), this book may help. Dawn of the New Everything is a memoir about the way the internet didn't turn out. It explores the humanistic side of technology, and how VR (or at least some of the lessons of VR) could shift the way we think about capitalism, "content," people's interactions with technology in the era of fake news. The book is mostly pragmatic, staunchly anti-utopian, and generally self-deprecating. It was a delight to read, and I'll be chewing on Lanier's ideas for a while to come.

  • Antonio Gallo

    Che cos’è la realtà? La risposta presuppone la conoscenza dei “luoghi”, reali e virtuali, nei quali ogni giorno viviamo e che crediamo di conoscere abbastanza. Purtroppo, ahimè, alla fine, ci accorgiamo che quella che abbiamo vissuto, non è quella realtà che abbiamo pensato. Infatti, nessuno è venuto a dirci, almeno finora, cosa c’è “oltre” di essa. Il “dopo”, per intenderci. Per non parlare poi del “prima”.

    Se le cose stanno così, parlare di “realtà virtuale” potrebbe sembrare una provocazione,

    Che cos’è la realtà? La risposta presuppone la conoscenza dei “luoghi”, reali e virtuali, nei quali ogni giorno viviamo e che crediamo di conoscere abbastanza. Purtroppo, ahimè, alla fine, ci accorgiamo che quella che abbiamo vissuto, non è quella realtà che abbiamo pensato. Infatti, nessuno è venuto a dirci, almeno finora, cosa c’è “oltre” di essa. Il “dopo”, per intenderci. Per non parlare poi del “prima”.

    Se le cose stanno così, parlare di “realtà virtuale” potrebbe sembrare una provocazione, un non senso. Invece, la RV sembra essere diventata un argomento utile per leggere il futuro. Questo libro, appena uscito, cerca di dare delle risposte a questo interrogativo. Nei ventuno capitoli con le tre appendici si possono leggere una cinquantina di definizioni di cosa l’autore intende con RV.

    Se fate una ricerca in rete scoprirete che Google vi proporrà milioni di risposte. Eccone alcune: “una tecnologia mediatica per la quale misurare è più importante che apparire”. Oppure “quella tecnologia che evidenzia l’esperienza”, o ancora “un simulatore che addestra a fare guerra informativa”. Tutto e di più, come si può immaginare, specialmente in questo momento in cui i media sono sempre in primo piano a far rumore. Come è logico che facciano: è il loro mestiere.

    L’autore di questo libro, di cui ho letto diversi estratti e recensioni, è uno che nella Silicon Valley sin dal 1984 si è occupato di realtà virtuale con quelle famose cuffie. Ora lavora alla Microsoft. Ha scritto diversi libri i cui titoli “Tu non sei un aggeggio” (2010) e “Chi è il padrone del futuro?” segnalano il suo pensiero nei confronti del potere monopolistico delle grandi multinazionali, i colossi della “high tech”.

    Questo libro è importante non solo e non tanto per quanto riguarda la RV, quanto per comprendere dove siamo arrivati, la strada che abbiamo percorso finora per arrivarci e dove siamo diretti. Egli scrive che un tempo, solo una ventina di anni fa, nella Silicon Valley si pensava che il mondo potesse essere “migliorato”, creando un tipo di potere che sarebbe stato più importante del denaro. Per fare questo era necessario che il “software” fosse libero, come l’aria o il sesso.

    A distanza di una ventina di anni, i colossi della tecnologia sono soltanto tre, il web è meno caotico di quando nacque, è più strutturato, ma i risultati non sono quelli sperati. L’ossessione del “libero e gratis” ha quasi distrutto il mercato musicale, le grandi aziende tech globali resistono a qualsiasi tipo di condizionamento locale, senza essere responsabili di quello che fanno con le loro potenti piattaforme. Si preoccupano più per il tempo che i loro visitatori/clienti trascorrono su di esse, piuttosto che della qualità dei prodotti che offrono ed essi consumano.

    Faron Lenier sembra piuttosto fiducioso non tanto negli algoritmi, quanto sul fattore umano che deve essere il centro di Internet. Cosa significa allora, in una realtà come questa, la “realtà virtuale”? Va detto subito che questa non potrà mai avere lo stesso successo dei cellulari, ma avrà la sua influenza. Si svilupperanno ambienti generati al computer in maniera da riproporre la realtà per fini specifici quali ad esempio, la medicina, la formazione, i servizi sociali.

    Bisogna però fare attenzione a non manipolare i suoi utenti. Bisognerà stare attenti a “non ingabbiare i naviganti all’interno di un annuncio pubblicitario”. E’ chiaro, comunque, sin da ora, che la RV si diffonderà dopo che ci saremo sempre di più abituati ad usare al meglio, (e non al peggio!), tutto l’armamentario dei nuovi media, e sapremo come non farci manipolare.

    Potremo così, almeno dare una migliore definizione della stessa RV: “Un’anticipazione di quello che sarà la realtà quando la tecnologia migliorerà”. Ed è un fatto certo, la tecnologia migliora di giorno in giorno sia che essa dipenda dai tecnici che la usano che dalla capacità della società umana a farne quello che vorrà.

  • Oliver Brackenbury

    An interesting history, and cause for re-assessment, of a technology I think a lot of people still dismiss as some clunky fad from the late 80's and early 90's. Mix in Lanier's powerful humanism and interesting ideas for how to re-assess a whole lot more than VR and you have a pretty damn good read.

  • William

    Perhaps difficult for people without a significant interest in virtual reality or the sensory illusion that we call reality, but greatly rewarding to those who have such interests.

  • Tonstant Weader

    To many people, Jaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality. He coined the term in its contemporary usage though points to an older, literary use. Lanier is a credit-sharer, not a credit-grabber, so this memoir of his childhood, early work and years at VPL Research, Inc. is full of sharing the credit with mentors and collaborators. Lanier, though, is not your typical Silicon Valley entrepreneur/coder/inventor.

    First and foremost, Lanier is a humanist. Much of that may come from his unconvention

    To many people, Jaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality. He coined the term in its contemporary usage though points to an older, literary use. Lanier is a credit-sharer, not a credit-grabber, so this memoir of his childhood, early work and years at VPL Research, Inc. is full of sharing the credit with mentors and collaborators. Lanier, though, is not your typical Silicon Valley entrepreneur/coder/inventor.

    First and foremost, Lanier is a humanist. Much of that may come from his unconventional childhood. He lost his mother in a car accident when he was young. He grew up in New Mexico in a house his father allowed him to design (geodesic, sort of). He was taking college classes before he graduated high school. In fact, he never graduated. Much of his life reads like Hunter S. Thompson without the drugs and misogyny. Wild, free, spontaneous, and on the edge, that was his life, but it was a life of learning, always thinking, always learning.

    He talks about the development of virtual reality and computers. He also explains why he does not fear the singularity because he does not believe in artificial intelligence. He explains why VR is the anti-AI. In fact, he has fifty-two definitions of VR which is, of course, the “new everything.” He believes that as we develop technology, we also develop, that machines will not outpace us.

    He is full of opinions that reflect his humanism. He thinks the “weightlessness” of the internet leads to the fakery, fraud, theft, and vile abusiveness that is so common. Folks do not have to invest themselves and that lets them be their worst selves. There, I am sure he is right.

    What the heck did I just read? That’s kind of how I have felt all through reading Dawn of the New Everything. I enjoyed every minute of it, but it was a wild ride. I don’t have the background to make this an easy read. I don’t code. I know how to make bold and italic text, but that’s about it. Even simple things like hyperlinks, I have to look at a sample. So, this is a book that I expected to take me out of my comfort zone. It did more than that.

    There’s a stream of consciousness kind of speed and spontaneity to the text. It feels like it was spoken, not written. Perhaps it was. More than anything, though, it was sort of hallucinogenic. I might not understand it all, but it’s all original. His major theme is that we need to center computing and technology on humanity, not on the technology for the sake of technology. Technology should be contoured to humanity and not seek to shape humanity to its contours.

    Lanier sees risk in technology if it is produced without empathy, but also sees tremendous potential for technology, particularly virtual reality, to create empathy. I enjoyed this book very much even though it was a challenge and took me far too long to read it.

    I received an e-galley of Dawn of the New Everything from the publisher through NetGalley. There were no photos or illustrations in the e-galley but I have paged through the released version and it’s full of pictures.

    Dawn of the New Everything at Macmillan / Henry Holt & Co.

    Jaron Lanier author site

    Interview with Business Insider

  • Peter O'Kelly

    A review and interview to consider:

  • Phil Oliver

    Lanier is still a sane and humane voice of reason in an increasingly giddy tech world distanced from and disinterested in embodied, subjective reality. "Most technology reinforces the feeling that reality is just a sea of gadgets... VR is the technology that instead highlights the existence of your subjective experience. It proves you are real." And are still not a gadget.

  • Jim Nail

    I really don’t know how to review this book, it is so completely removed from the life I have lived. But I read every word of it, understood some of it, and learned a lot about the world as it is and where it is going. If, like me, you are a boomer who followed the hippie dream and paid no attention to the technical revolution going on at the same time, you might benefit from reading Jaron Lanier. He links the two dreams of the 60s with a passionate humanism that guides his innovative work and t

    I really don’t know how to review this book, it is so completely removed from the life I have lived. But I read every word of it, understood some of it, and learned a lot about the world as it is and where it is going. If, like me, you are a boomer who followed the hippie dream and paid no attention to the technical revolution going on at the same time, you might benefit from reading Jaron Lanier. He links the two dreams of the 60s with a passionate humanism that guides his innovative work and thought. If you are feeling terrified by the future, you might find some comfort here.

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