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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday March 05 2014, @12:24PM   Printer-friendly
from the Applied-truthiness dept.
An anonymous coward writes:

"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

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..."

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  • (Score: 1) by PapayaSF on Wednesday March 05 2014, @11:15PM

    by PapayaSF (1183) on Wednesday March 05 2014, @11:15PM (#11580)

    Back in the early '90s, when virtual reality was the Next Big Thing. Being a long-time science fiction reader I asked him about potential uses, and his reply was very interesting. He envisioned doctors in the First World doing operations remotely on patients in the Third World, but he seemed oddly hostile to discussing anything beyond that. Speculation about the future uses of technology seemed to irritate him in some strange way. (No, I don't think he was reacting to me: I was perfectly polite.) In more recent years, his ambivalent views of technology seem to have come to the fore, but at the time I found it quite puzzling.