With a singular voice and perspective, Lanier who The New York Times calls "daringly original . . . a major wizard in the futurist circus. He is the father of virtual reality in the gaudy, reputation-burnishing way that Michael Jackson was the king of pop" considers the future of virtual technology in a book that blends memoir with ideas. He tells the wild story of his own relationship with technology by starting from the beginning. The son of Jewish immigrants and concentration camp survivors, raised in the UFO territory of New Mexico, he lost his mother at a young age and built a geodesic dome with his father in the desert. He worked as a goatherd and midwife, attended college before graduating high school, transferred to and failed out of a tony northeast liberal arts college, played music for money on the streets of New York, and eventually landed in Silicon Valley at the dawn of the first tech boom where he suddenly became rich. This crazy course to becoming a world renowned technology guru informs Lanier's optimism about virtual reality--the technology he has been immersed in from its very start. While he has been very critical of social media and other manifestations of technology, he believes 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 in the dawn of unprecedented technological possibility.
Jaron Lanier is the author of You Are Not a Gadget, and Who Owns the Future? He has appeared in several documentaries on virtual reality, including Synthetic Pleasures and Rage Against the Machines, and has won several awards for his writing and research on virtual reality, including the Goldsmith Book Prize and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. He holds honorary degrees from Franklin and Marshall College and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.