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. The father of virtual reality explains its dazzling possibilities by reflecting on his own lifelong relationship with ...

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Title:Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality
Author:Jaron Lanier
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1627794093
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

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

  • Anthony
    May 24, 2018
    Dawn of the New Everything is a mash-up of part-Jaron Lanier memoir, part-history of VR and more specifically VPL, the first VR start-up. Immensely readable, even if you have no interest in the origins of or concepts underpinning VR, especially because Lanier comes across as an approac...
  • Joan
    Dec 30, 2017
    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. I...
  • Kyle
    Mar 31, 2018
    A comprehensive explanation of the evolution of virtual reality and its related technologies, there are a few dozen attempts to define what it is Lanier has developed and promoted most of his life. More surprising to find so much autobiographical details from childhood onwards. An unco...
  • Kent Winward
    Jul 09, 2018
    Lanier's memoir-ish recounting of the creation of virtual reality technology and his philosophical musings on technology and how it impacts actual reality was well worth the read. I had numerous "of course" moments at the cross-cultural intersections of technology and society at large,...
  • Cheryl
    Mar 13, 2018
    I was very looking forward to reading this book. I have not gotten too much into virtual reality but it is something that intrigues me. Therefore I was very interested in what Mr. Lanier had to say as one of the first to experience virtual reality. What I got was some history about...
  • Matt
    Jun 19, 2018
    There's a lot here. From history to the life-lived picture of a genius to computer science lecture to critique of AI futures to what's wrong with the web as is. At its worst it's a seven course meal of 96 ounce steaks. And I still find myself grappling with the notion I walked a...
  • Antonio Gallo
    Nov 28, 2017
    Che cos?Ŕ la realtÓ? La risposta presuppone la conoscenza dei ?luoghi?, reali e virtuali, nei quali ogni giorno viviamo e che crediamo di conoscere abbastanza. Purtroppo, ahimŔ, alla fine, ci accorgiamo che quella che abbiamo vissuto, non Ŕ quella realtÓ che abbiamo pensato....
  • Trish
    Jun 14, 2018
    The ideas in this book are so refreshing, thrilling, amusing, enlightening, and sad that they had me eagerly looking forward to another session with it whenever I got a chance. I found myself fearing what was to come as I read the final chapters. If I say I wish it had turned out diffe...
  • Tonstant Weader
    Dec 12, 2017
    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 s...
  • Fraser Kinnear
    Feb 21, 2018
    Well, I learned a lot about VR (e.g., why we'll never have floating holograms, VR programming concerns like latency, and the pros and cons of various interfaces). Lanier has a pretty rosy perspective of how the tech will develop, and why our experience with VR will be much more creativ...
  • Orsayor
    Jan 18, 2018
    Informative Read. Usually not my cup of tea - but I do believe if you are interested in Virtual Reality - then this is the book for you. ...
  • Sean
    Apr 21, 2018
    Excellent. Lanier's one of the smartest people on the planet, and he has one of the biggest hearts on the planet. He understands technology and the culture and history of Silicon Valley more fully than almost everyone in Silicon Valley yet his imagination and intellect breaks completel...
  • Alva
    Jun 10, 2018
    I'm a skeptic where Jaron Lanier is concerned, so I was surprised to find this book (listened to on audio) a wonderful and valuable addition to the recent literature on Virtual Reality. The autobiographical material was written from the heart, and the interspersed essays of various asp...
  • Conrad
    Feb 24, 2018
    Solid four stars, though I do think I wavered in my rating of the book as I progressed through it. The beginning was kind of interesting, though it kind of slowed down a bit. I then enjoyed reading about the early days of Silicon Valley. I didn't really too much like the sections on VR...
  • Terry
    Jan 23, 2018
    I suspect this will be a fun read for some - it was at times a very intriguing auto-biography of Lanier, but I gave up on it about half way through (too repetitive among other reasons). A somewhat distorted summary of the first half of the book: - Lanier lost his mother at young age a...
  • Dhruv
    May 13, 2018
    Jaron's life, AR/VR/MR, Silicon Valley, The 80s and 90s American tech scene, running a startup, what it means to be human, artificial intelligence, French spies, Japanese criminals and a dozen more themes make up the content of this narrative. Jaron constantly shifts from one topic to ...
  • Adam Vaughn
    Apr 10, 2018
    I think this is a book that will grow on me as I continue to digest the thoughts shared by Mr. Lanier. This book was not what I expected. It is partially autobiographical, partially historical, and partially about the future of technology, VR, social media, and our society. There is a ...
  • Peter O'Kelly
    Dec 18, 2017
    A review and interview to consider: http://www.economist.com/news/books-a... http://www.businessinsider.com/jaron-... ...
  • Scott
    Apr 26, 2018
    Alternates between autobiography and the early days of VR and the tech scene, smattered with a lot of differing philosophical and contrarian thinking on the seemingly universally accepted ?utopian? values of tech these days. Some fun nostalgia flashbacks of 90s computer culture too...
  • Robert
    Jun 06, 2018
    I personally like Jaron Lanier for his humanistic spirit in the world of technology. His previous books "Who owns the future" and "You are not a gadget" were more intriguing and engaging to read. Dawn of the new everything is an interesting perspective on VR and what possibilities it m...
  • Justin Martin
    Jan 28, 2018
    If there's such a thing as a gentle, nuanced siren - an electric light show that knocks on your door wanting to sit down for tea - this is that book. Lanier uses both a soft light and a hard light to revisit his time in Silicon Valley pioneering virtual reality, and really walked me th...
  • Rj
    Mar 13, 2018
    Lanier's book is an autobiography that looks at his life and career, but as the father of VR it also is an explanation about how VR developed. It is a look at a fascinating individual and how his unique way of seeing the world informed the technology that he helped develop. "New Yo...
  • Blake Williford
    Mar 19, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Having already read Lanier's other two books You Are Not a Gadget and Who Owns the Future, I'm very familiar with his humanist views on technology and the questionable ethics of how technology is being implemented in our current age - But Lanier is also ...
  • Max Metral
    Jan 20, 2018
    The first half of the book is fine - a meandering walk down memory lane of VR and the early Technology revolution. But there?s a lot of self congratulation in here, and Appendix 2 is perhaps the worst piece of wannabe computer science I?ve come across. To argue that non-procedural ...
  • Jim Nail
    Oct 25, 2017
    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 p...
  • Jason Pangilinan
    May 30, 2018
    I?m allergic to the author?s personality. He?s one of those nerds who reminds me of Neil deGrasse Tyson, just droning on and on about how ~neat~ and #COOL science is. But unlike Neily-o, this guy has earned the right to annoy me. He?s brilliant and accomplished and kind of a ba...
  • Carl Waluconis
    Jul 19, 2018
    Keeping up with technology has become an impossible task for me. I have always been attracted to virtual reality, but couldn't always find the right places to look for information. Jaron Lanier has supplied it with this book. He has been a Silicon Valley stalwart since the early days, ...
  • Daniel Huck
    Mar 29, 2018
    It?s hard to elicit any type of real summary of this book. Perhaps: a mixed concoction of science fiction and science reality, of the better angels and demons of pervasive technologies, and of meandering recollections of past events and how they inevitably lead up to the present. Wor...
  • Sam Tornio
    May 24, 2018
    A little bit of every sort of book in here. ...
  • Teo 2050
    Jun 18, 2018
    <8.5h @ 1.75x. Contents: (view spoiler)[Lanier J (2017) (14:28) Dawn of the New Everything - Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality Dedication Acknowledgments Preface: Virtual Reality?s Moment Introduction ? What Is It? ? What Can a Book Do That VR Can?t, a...