Archive for Jaron Lanier

Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

33 Yellow highlight | Location: 168 Even though Silicon Valley types have a sanitized name for this phase, “engagement,” we fear it enough to keep our own children away from it. Many of the Silicon Valley kids I know attend Waldorf schools, which generally forbid electronics. Yellow highlight | Location: 251 The prime directive to be engaging reinforces itself, and no one even notices that negative emotions are being amplified more than positive ones. Engagement is not meant to serve any particular purpose other than its own enhancement, and yet the result is an unnatural global amplification of the “easy” emotions, which happen to be the negative ones. Yellow highlight | Location: 278 Social media...

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

56 Yellow highlight | Location: 265 Shared lucid dreaming. A way out of the dull persistence of physicality. Yellow highlight | Location: 468 Jewish admonition to “choose life” in a children’s book about Jewish culture. There was a logic to it, since death would come soon enough, no matter what, so choosing life was at least a reasonable bet. Yellow highlight | Location: 650 There are only five ways to divide a sphere with perfect regularity. This had been known since ancient times, and the flat-faced versions of the five solutions are known as the Platonic Solids. Plants had no choice but to work within the constraints of these forms. Yellow highlight | Location: 863 The first...