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You are not a gadget


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Speaker(s): Jaron Lanier
Chair: Jerry Fishenden

Recorded on 2 February 2010 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

Something started to go wrong with the digital revolution at the start of the 21st century. Individual creativity has begun to go out of fashion and people are being restricted to what can be represented on a computer. Are we deadening the human experience? Jaron Lanier delivers a call to arms in support of the human and reflects on the good and bad developments in design 20 years after the invention of the web.

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, philosopher and all round digital guru who has spent his careers pushing the transformative power of modern technology to its limits. From inventing virtual reality and creating the world's first immersive avatars, as one of the premier designers at work today he received in 2009 a lifetime achievement award from the IEEE and was named one of the top 100 public intellectuals by Prospect and Foreign Policy.

This event celebrates the publication of his latest book You are Not a Gadget.

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