You Are Not a Gadget
You Are Not a Gadget
A Manifesto

A programmer, musician, and father of virtual reality technology, Jaron Lanier was a pioneer in digital media, and among the first to predict the revolutionary changes it would bring to our commerce and culture. Now, with the Web influencing virtually every aspect of our lives, he offers this provocative critique of how digital design is shaping society, for better and for worse.
Informed by Lanier's experience and expertise as a computer scientist, You Are Not a Gadget discusses the technical and cultural problems that have unwittingly risen from programming choices—such as the nature of user identity—that were "locked-in" at the birth of digital media and considers what a future based on current design philosophies will bring. With the proliferation of social networks, cloud-based data storage systems, and Web 2.0 designs that elevate the "wisdom" of mobs and computer algorithms over the intelligence and wisdom of individuals, his message has never been more urgent.

Title You Are Not a Gadget
Subtitle A Manifesto
Author Jaron Lanier
Publisher Vintage
Dewey Classification 303
Title First Published 08 February 2011
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 240 p.
ISBN-10 0307389979
ISBN-13 9780307389978
Publication Date 08 February 2011
Main content page count 240
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $15.00

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