Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, author, and composer, best known for his work in virtual reality research, a term he coined and popularized. A widely celebrated technology writer, Lanier has charted a humanistic approach to technology appreciation and criticism. He is the author of the award-winning, international bestseller Who Owns the Future?, as well as You Are Not a Gadget. He writes and speaks on numerous topics, including high-technology business, the social impact of technological practices, the philosophy of consciousness and information, Internet politics, and the future of humanism. Included on Encyclopedia Britannicas list of historys 300 or so greatest inventors, Lanier has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time, one of the 100 top public intellectuals by Foreign Policy, one of the top 50 World Thinkers by Prospect.
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The biggest threat of AI is probably the one that's due to AI not actually existing, to the idea being a fraud, or at least such a poorly constructed idea that it's phony. In other words, if AI was a real thing, then it probably would be less of a threat to us than it is as a fake thing.
In this video, Lanier discusses the impact of today's digital technologies and how they are not all they appear to be.
By allowing artificial intelligence to reshape our concept of personhood, we are leaving ourselves open to the flipside: we think of people more and more as computers, just as we think of computers as people.
In this article Lanier, who originated the term \"virtual reality,\" argues that the use of intelligent agents will devalue human intelligence and creativity and diminish the role of conscious experience. The mind-body debate needs to move beyond the confines of academic philosophy as it has important implications for practical issues such as the design of computer systems.
A digital pioneer questions what technology has wrought.
Lanier posits one way to understand Alan Turing’s famous “Turing Test.”
Lanier, a pioneer of virtual-reality technology, has more recently become an outspoken critic of online social media.