Jaron Lanier and the Information Race


Friday, October 07, 2011

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Jaron Lanier warns that just because we’ve collected a lot of information, doesn’t mean that we know how to use it. “We can create this illusion that these giant financial transactions actually make sense when they don’t just because all the bits are there … And in the same way we can make this illusion that we have a productive economy … when there’s no substance at the core.”

Lanier also talks about being a creative consultant on the film Minority Report — which used protypes of virtual reality, one of which was ultimately bought by Google.

(Originally aired: December 17, 2010)

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