Jaron Lanier is known as godfather of Virtual Reality, since he named it, had the first startup, and built many of the first app examples, including surgical simulation. He's received a lifetime career award from the IEEE as well as the German Peace Prize for Books and many other awards. He was named one of tech's 25 icons of the last 25 years by Wired and is on lots of other fancy lists. He writes books and thinks social media is harming the world. He also plays music and is known for playing many, many unusual musical instruments. His books have been international bestsellers and include You Are Not a Gadget, Who Owns the Future?, Dawn of the New Everything, and Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.
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