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Wednesday, January 25 • 11:30am - 12:00am
Jaron Lanier, Scientist, Author & Artist

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Learning from the collective

In his recent book "You Are Not a Gadget" Jaron takes a contrary position and counter argument to the popularity of online collectivism, web 2.0, open source and user-generated content. He points out dangerous trends in Internet culture and argues that the rise of open culture is not only hurting content producers but degrading the quality of information available. He discusses the concept of technological lock-in where design decisions made early in the development of digital systems can have enormous and often unintended consequences at a later stage in the evolution of that system where designs, knowledge and even the way we think become "locked-in" as a permanent part of the web's very structure. In an emerging "Digital Society" this could have very serious repercussions indeed.



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Jaron Lanier

Computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author Jaron Lanier is a scientist, musican, visual artist, writer, and inventor. His book "You Are Not a Gadget" was released in 2010 and was named one of the 10 best books of the year by Michiko Kakutani in the NY Times. In 2010, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His current interests include biomimetic information architectures, user... Read More →

Wednesday January 25, 2012 11:30am - 12:00am
The LWF Theatre National Hall Gallery, Olympia

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