Stories by Jaron Lanier
Scientific American Volume 309, Issue 5
Making sense of one of the thorniest issues of the digital age
JARON LANIER is a computer scientist often described as "the father of virtual reality." In addition to that field, his primary areas of study have been visual programming, simulation, and high-performance networking applications. He is chief scientist of Advanced Network and Services, a nonprofit concern in Armonk, N.Y., that funds and houses the engineering office of Internet2. Music is another of Lanier's great interests: he writes for orchestra and other ensembles and plays an extensive, exotic assortment of musical instruments--most notably, wind and string instruments of Asia. He is also well known as an essayist on public affairs.