Jaron Lanier recently spoke at City Lights Books in San Francisco and explains some themes from his new book, You Are Not a Gadget.

San Francisco-based technologist Jaron Lanier is one of the forefathers of modern information technology. Starting in the early 1980’s, Lanier and his friends began to experiment with ideas that would eventually become implemented into the Internet. With a watchful eye, he has tracked the progression of how we use information and what role the Internet plays in our lives.

His new book, You Are Not a Gadget examines how technology has drastically changed culture (both off and online), and how the idea of a digital utopia based on open-source software and sharing is ultimately dangerous for the survival of unique cultures.

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