Jaron Lanier will speak on the topic, "Who Owns the Future?"
on Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium.
This University has a lot of speakers — this one in particular is worthwhile for faculty as we consideration innovation and the future of SHU. Lanier is a major speaker. His appearance is sponsored by the University Library, the 50th Anniversary Committee, and the Department of Computer Science.
Lanier is a computer scientist and musician, and both coined and pioneered "virtual reality" with Thomas Zimmerman. He is author of You Are Not A Gadget (2010) and recently, Who Owns the Future (Simon & Schuster, 2013). Lanier combines philosophy, a political sense, computer science expertise, and a sense of humor. He is very concerned with the effects network technologies have had (will have) on our economy, politics, and culture, and his work resonates strongly with the University's core question, "What does it mean to be human?"