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  1. William Gibson, Jaron Lanier & Bill Joy, Conspiracy of Heretics.
    The encounter occurred aboard the presidential yacht USS Potomac, the same steel-hulled craft that, half a century ago, carried Roosevelt to his meeting with Churchill wherein they secretly plotted World War II. It cruised on the San Francisco Bay as helicopters hovered above, dropping smoke flares to mark a jumper from the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  2. Jaron Lanier, A Wired World.
    PAUL SOLMAN: Let's begin with a look at some estimates of Internet use and how it's been exploding in the past year. Our numbers come from a variety of sources. About 80% of Americans now have personal computers. About 100 million people are online and at last count the Net was adding 38 new users every second. Some 55 million Americans log on to the Internet, in a typical day. About 40% of them check their e-mail every day. About 30% (...)
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  3. Jaron Lanier, Hyperseeing the Regular Hendecachoron.
    The hendecachoron is an abstract 4-dimensional polytope composed of eleven cells in the form of hemi-icosahedra. This paper tries to foster an understanding of this intriguing object of high symmetry by discussing its construction in bottom-up and top down ways and providing visualization by computer graphics models.
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  4. Jaron Lanier, Judging 2003's Ideas: The Most Overrated and Underrated.
    An essential component of beauty is being undermined and will soon be practically eliminated, and that is scarcity. Botox is to cosmetics what cut-and-paste software is to music production. Whatever was precious five minutes ago becomes overbearingly omnipresent five minutes from now. The quest for beauty coupled with technological proficiency undermines the relative value of each beautiful invention. Find beauty in nature, but when it comes to culture, it's time to forget beauty. It will soon be nothing more than another (...)
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  5. Jaron Lanier, Philosopher's Zone.
    More than two centuries ago, Adam Smith, the great theorist of capitalism, argued that the free market was a self-correcting mechanism: a lot of people seeking profits for themselves would produce general public benefit. But does it work with ideas? Can there be an encyclopædia that corrects itself, as it grows ever larger on the Web?
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  6. Jaron Lanier, The Frontier Between Us.
    The easiest predictions to make about the next fifty years of computer science are those centering on the computers, ignoring the people. For example, I can predict with a fair degree of confidence that there will be fabulous increases in hardware capability, which will be largely consumed by a corresponding decrease in software elegance as decades of legacy systems tangle like parasitic vines. It's when people are brought into the equation, however, that the business of prediction becomes difficult.
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  7. Jaron Lanier, The Tyranny of the Quantifiable.
    Our era is most fundamentally characterized by its changing technologies. Whenever and wherever one might hope to influence events by changes in policy or pedagogy, new gadgets are likely to come along that will recast oneÂ’s efforts in hard-to-predict ways.
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  8. Jaron Lanier, Virtually.
    properly, for instance, in today’s videoconferencing systems, because the camera and the display screen cannot be in the same spot. This usually leads to a deadened and formal affect in interactions, eye contact being a nearly ubiquitous subconscious method of affirming trust. Furthermore, participants aren’t able to establish a sense of position relative to one another and therefore have no clear way to direct attention, approval or disapproval. Tele-immersion, a new medium for human interaction enabled by digital technologies, approximates the (...)
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  9. Jaron Lanier, Paul D. Miller & Hey Paul, Where Did the Music Go?
    IÂ’m only talking about commercial big time music in the United States. Of course music is gloriously seething in odd corners of the planet as it should. I can team up with some compatible friends and we can go find or make our own music in any of a number of accommodating environments- on the net, in the forest, or in some dank club late at night.
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  10. Jaron Lanier, A Vintage Virtual Reality Interview.
    Jaron Lanier: Maybe we should go over what Virtual Reality is. We are speaking about a technology that uses computerized clothing to synthesize shared reality. It recreates our relationship with the physical world in a new plane, no more, no less. It doesn't affect the subjective world; it doesn't have anything to do directly with what's going on inside your brain. It only has to do with what your sense organs perceive. The physical world, the thing on the other side (...)
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  11. Jaron Lanier, Mindless Thought Experiments (a Critique of Machine Intelligence).
    Since there isn't a computer that seems conscious at this time, the idea of machine consciousness is supported by thought experiments. Here's one old chestnut: "What if you replaced your neurons one by one with neuron sized and shaped substitutes made of silicon chips that perfectly mimicked the chemical and electric functions of the originals? If you just replaced one single neuron, surely you'd feel the same. As you proceed, as more and more neurons are replaced, you'd stay conscious. Why (...)
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  12. Jaron Lanier, One-Half of a Manifesto.
    For the last 20 years, I have found myself on the inside of a revolution, but on the outside of its resplendent dogma. Now that the revolution has not only hit the mainstream, but bludgeoned it into submission by taking over the economy, it's probably time for me to cry out my dissent more loudly than I have before.
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  13. Jaron Lanier, The Dissent of Darwin.
    When zoologist Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene was published 20 years ago, it practically snuffed out many readers' belief in God and in their own importance, for it described in stunning and terrifying detail a world where all life was merely the conveyor belt for the gene. Its mission: to replicate itself. DNA was the fundamental and irreducible unit of life that spun itself endlessly into the incredible diversity of flora and fauna. Everything we hold most dear--acts of love, altruism, (...)
     
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  14. Jaron Lanier, Why the Deep Blues?
    The game of chess possesses a rare combination of qualities, from the point of view of a human mind. It is easy to understand the rules, yet hard to play well; and most importantly, the quest to master chess seems to be eternal. Human players surmount ever higher plateaus of skill, and yet no one has been able to make the claim that chess skill can be pushed no further.
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  15. Jaron Lanier (1999). And Now a Brief Word From Now. Logical Dependencies Between Vernacular Concepts of Free Will, Time and Consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies 6 (8-9):8-9.
  16. Jaron Lanier (1999). What Information is Given by a Veil? Journal of Consciousness Studies 6 (6-7):6-7.
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  17. Jaron Lanier (1998). Three Objections to the Idea of Artificial Intelligence. In Stuart R. Hameroff, Alfred W. Kaszniak & A. C. Scott (eds.), Toward a Science of Consciousness II. MIT Press.
     
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  18. Jaron Lanier (1997). Death: The Skeleton Key of Consciousness Studies? Journal of Consciousness Studies 4 (2):181-5.
  19. Jaron Lanier (1995). Agents of Alienation. Interactions 2 (3):76-81.
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  20. Jaron Lanier (1995). You Can't Argue with a Zombie. Journal of Consciousness Studies 2 (4):333-345.