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Jaron Lanier (/??d??????r??n l????n????r/, born May 3, 1960) is an American writer, computer scientist, and composer of classical music. A pioneer in the field of virtual reality (a term he is credited with popularizing), Lanier and Thomas G. Zimmerman left Atari in 1985 to found VPL Research, Inc., the first company to sell VR goggles and gloves. In the late 1990s, Lanier worked on applications for Internet2, and in the 2000s, he was a visiting scholar at Silicon Graphics and various universities. Lanier has composed classical music and is a collector of rare instruments; his acoustic album, Instruments of Change (1994) features Asian wind and string instruments such as the khene mouth organ, the suling flute, and the sitar-like esraj. Lanier was the director of an experimental short film, and teamed with Mario Grigorov to compose the soundtrack to the documentary film, The Third Wave (2007). In 2010, Lanier was nominated in the TIME 100 list of most influential people.

Born Jaron Zepel Lanier in New York City, Lanier was raised in Mesilla, New Mexico. Lanier's mother and father were Jewish immigrants from Europe; his mother was a survivor from a Vienna concentration camp and his father's family had emigrated from Ukraine to escape the pogroms. When he was nine years old, his mother was killed in a car accident. He lived in tents for an extended period with his father before embarking on a seven-year project to build a geodesic dome home that he helped design. At the age of 13, Lanier convinced New Mexico State University to let him enroll. At NMSU, Lanier met Marvin Minsky and Clyde Tombaugh, and took graduate-level courses; he received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study mathematical notation, which led him to learn computer programming. From 1979 to 1980, the NSF-funded project at NMSU focused on "digital graphical simulations for learning". Lanier also attended art school in Manhattan during this time, but returned to New Mexico and

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Lanier: Big tech firms need to be more like Netflix

Silicon Valley's Jaron Lanier has assessed the problems faces by many big technology firms and concluded that the solution is for firms to be a little more like Netflix. Jaron Lanier made his comments ...
Posted: August 31, 2018, 2:46 pm

Jaron Lanier: Tech needs to channel Netflix and 'clear the trash out of the internet'

Big technology companies can start to fix the problems they've created by making the user the customer — like Netflix did, technology pioneer Jaron Lanier told CNBC on Friday. "What we have to do is c...
Posted: August 30, 2018, 5:00 pm

Can this tech pioneer convince you to delete your social media accounts?

Jaron Lanier has never created a social media account, but that doesn't make him a technophobic luddite. In fact, the Silicon Valley pioneer is considered a founding father of virtual reality, who wor...
Posted: October 5, 2018, 12:53 pm
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