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

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

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. An inventive blend of autobiography, science writing, philosophy, and advice, this book tells the wild story of his personal and professional life as a scientist, from his childhood in the UFO territory of New Mexico, to the loss of his mother, the founding of the first start-up, and finally becoming a world-renowned technological guru. Understanding virtual reality as being both a scientific and cultural adventure, Lanier demonstrates it to be a humanistic setting for technology. While his previous books offered a more critical view of social media and other manifestations of technology, in this book he argues that virtual reality can actually make our lives richer and fuller. Dawn of the New Everything is ultimately a look at what it means to be human at a moment of unprecedented technological possibility, giving readers a new perspective on how the brain and body connect to the world.

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

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Tonstant Weader

    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...

  • Peter O'Kelly

    A review and interview to consider:http://www.economist.com/news/books-a...http://www.businessinsider.com/jaron-......

  • Blake Williford

    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 ...

  • Orsayor

    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....

  • Fraser Kinnear

    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 ...

  • Jim Nail

    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 an...

  • Antonio Gallo

    Che cos’è la realtà? La risposta presuppone la conoscenza dei “luoghi”, reali e virtuali, nei quali ogni giorno viviamo e che crediamo di conoscere abbastanza. Purtroppo, ahimè, alla fine, ci...

  • Rj

    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 uniq...

  • Justin Martin

    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 ...

  • Conrad

    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 ab...