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Date Of BirthMay 3, 1960
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FactA briliant mathematician, computer science, and composer who was the first to theorize about--and coined the term--virtual reality.

Jaron Lanier is an American computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author. He is credited with coining the term “virtual reality” and is widely considered to be a pioneer of the field. He has also been involved in the development of several key technologies that have shaped the modern internet, including the first web browser, the first online service, and the first virtual world.

Lanier was born in New York City on May 3, 1960. His father was a jazz musician and his mother was a dancer. He has two sisters. Lanier was exposed to both the arts and sciences at an early age and developed a keen interest in both. He attended the High School of Music & Art in New York City, where he studied classical and jazz piano. He later studied computer science at Columbia University.

Lanier’s career began in the early 1980s, when he was hired by Atari to develop video games. He went on to co-found the software company Autodesk, where he developed the first 3D modeling program. He also worked on developing the first web browser, Mosaic, at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. In the 1990s, Lanier founded the software company VPL Research, where he developed the first virtual reality headset. He has also been involved in the development of several other key technologies, including the first online service, The WELL, and the first virtual world, Second Life.

Lanier’s work has earned him numerous awards and accolades, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Pioneer Award from the Association for Computing Machinery. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Lanier’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million. He has been married twice and has three children.

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Full NameJaron Lanier
Date Of BirthMay 3, 1960
ProfessionAuthor, Composer, Computer scientist
EducationNew Mexico State University

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1The people who describe themselves as transhumanists in Silicon Valley and think that humanity's about to end still have children of their own and go about their days. So it's not real; it's sort of a theatre. So you might say,'Well, why not just enjoy it as theatre, then? Why not just accept it as a sort of weird science-fiction kind of performance art?' And it can be that. But the problem with it is that it serves as a sort of way of framing less extreme things that are happening, which are actually destroying people's lives more slowly.
2The problem is not that the big computer will kill everybody. The real problem is that all the wealth will end up with the people who own the biggest computers. That's the trend we've moving towards. So the problem is not mass genocide, even though if you take them at their word, it seems to be what they're saying. The real problem is mass poverty.


1A briliant mathematician, computer science, and composer who was the first to theorize about--and coined the term--virtual reality.




The Third Wave2007Documentary


Three Seasons1999performer: "Temple Breath", "Three Seasons"


Minority Report2002thanks: assistance


The 78 Project Movie2014DocumentaryHimself
The Colbert Report2014TV SeriesHimself
Book TV2013TV SeriesHimself
Google and the World Brain2013DocumentaryHimself - Virtual Reality Pioneer and Author
Un monde sans humains?2012TV Movie documentary
Welcome to the Machine2012Video documentaryHimself
Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia2010DocumentaryHimself
Rage Against the Machines2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Future Fantastic1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Synthetic Pleasures1995Documentary
Computerbilleder - udfordring til virkeligheden1992TV Movie documentaryHimself - VPL Research, Inc.
Horizon1991TV Series documentaryHimself
Gutenberg in the Cyberstorm2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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