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Who Owns the Future?

Who Owns the Future?

by Jaron Lanier,
The Huffington Post, April 22, 2013

Jaron Lanier is making James T. Kirk's wager. Like the fictional captain of the USS Starship Enterprise on Star Trek, played on television by William Shatner, Lanier, a computer scientist and musician, who coined the term "virtual reality" and wrote You Are Not A Gadget, is betting that technology will make the future better than the past. He recognizes, however, that at the moment his faith seems "silly and kitschy."


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