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Virtual Reality's Founding Father on Silicon Valley, Early Inspirations

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Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist and author. His latest book is "Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality." (Photo: Michael Springer/Gamma Presse)

Known as a founding father of virtual reality, Jaron Lanier reflects on the beginnings of the ever-evolving technology industry in “Dawn of the New Everything.” The book follows Lanier’s journey through the early days of Silicon Valley, with guest appearances by Marvin Minsky, Al Gore and William Gibson. Lanier also writes about how the shocking, tragic loss of his mother fed his passion for art and science. We’ll hear Lanier’s personal story, and discuss the tension between what Lanier calls the technology skeptics and the technology utopians.

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Jaron Lanier, author, "Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality"

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