"Jaron Lanier talks about his latest book, Who Owns the Future? on the Colbert Report (US TV, Comedy Central channel). Should be viewable on the web shortly at http://www.colbertnation.com/ I met Jaron when he worked for Atari in the early 1980s. I remember him as a brilliant and delightful guy, but perhaps a little (or a lot) too full of himself? He does seem to have been successful as a tech pundit..."
I don't know how successful he is as a pundit. But when it was first published I bought and read You Are Not A Gadget, and it's a pretty damn good book. Turns out he and Richard Stallman were roommates at one time, and they share a penchant for thinking deeply about AI and how we relate to our gadgets, interfaces, and tools. They are also in the same order of magnitude of self-loving. Jared is maybe the more compelling of the two, and if you haven't read it yet I highly recommend the book.