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Jaron Lanier Quotes: "A real friendship ought to introduce each person to unexpected weirdness in the other."

A real friendship ought to introduce each person to unexpected weirdness in the other.




Jaron Lanier Quotes: "It is impossible to work in information technology without also engaging in social engineering."

It is impossible to work in information technology without also engaging in social engineering.




Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Books are really, really hard to write. They represent a kind of a summit of grappling with what one really has to say"

Books are really, really hard to write. They represent a kind of a summit of grappling with what one really has to say



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "An economy where advertisers thrive while journalists and artists struggle, reflects the values of a society more interested in deception and manipulation than in truth and beauty"

An economy where advertisers thrive while journalists and artists struggle, reflects the values of a society more interested in deception and manipulation than in truth and beauty




Jaron Lanier Quotes: "We already knew that kids learned computer technology more easily than adults, It is as if children were waiting all these centuries for someone to invent their native language."

We already knew that kids learned computer technology more easily than adults, It is as if children were waiting all these centuries for someone to invent their native language.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Create a website that expresses something about who you are that won't fit into the template available to you on a social networking site."

Create a website that expresses something about who you are that won't fit into the template available to you on a social networking site.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "I think seeking perfection in human affairs is a perfect way to destroy them."

I think seeking perfection in human affairs is a perfect way to destroy them.




Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Humans change themselves through technology."

Humans change themselves through technology.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Mobs and dictators were made for each other, and when mobs appear, dictators will soon flourish."

Mobs and dictators were made for each other, and when mobs appear, dictators will soon flourish.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "A digital sound sample in angry rap doesn't correspond to the graffiti but the wall."

A digital sound sample in angry rap doesn't correspond to the graffiti but the wall.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Style used to be an interaction between the human soul and tools that were limiting. In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone."

Style used to be an interaction between the human soul and tools that were limiting. In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "I think complexity is mostly sort of crummy stuff that is there because it's too expensive to change the interface."

I think complexity is mostly sort of crummy stuff that is there because it's too expensive to change the interface.




Jaron Lanier Quotes: "We're losing track of the vastness of the potential for computer science. We really have to revive the beautiful intellectual joy of it, as opposed to the business potential."

We're losing track of the vastness of the potential for computer science. We really have to revive the beautiful intellectual joy of it, as opposed to the business potential.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "I think most of the dramatic new ideas come from little companies that then grow big."

I think most of the dramatic new ideas come from little companies that then grow big.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Advertisers and marketers should be looking to bring new experiences to different parts of the brain. It's a more profound idea than just dropping a billboard into a video game."

Advertisers and marketers should be looking to bring new experiences to different parts of the brain. It's a more profound idea than just dropping a billboard into a video game.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "When you have a global mush, people lose their identity, they become pseudonyms, they have no investment and no consequence in what they do."

When you have a global mush, people lose their identity, they become pseudonyms, they have no investment and no consequence in what they do.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Musicians and journalists are the canaries in the coalmine, but, eventually, as computers get more and more powerful, it will kill off all middle-class professions."

Musicians and journalists are the canaries in the coalmine, but, eventually, as computers get more and more powerful, it will kill off all middle-class professions.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "If we allow our self-congratulatory adoration of technology to distract us from our own contact with each other, then somehow the original agenda has been lost."

If we allow our self-congratulatory adoration of technology to distract us from our own contact with each other, then somehow the original agenda has been lost.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "An intelligent person feels guilty for downloading music without paying the musician, but they use this free-open-culture ideology to cover it."

An intelligent person feels guilty for downloading music without paying the musician, but they use this free-open-culture ideology to cover it.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "External reality is sort of an affectation of the nervous system."

External reality is sort of an affectation of the nervous system.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "A remarkable thing about the Silicon Valley culture is that its status structure is so based on technical accomplishment and prowess."

A remarkable thing about the Silicon Valley culture is that its status structure is so based on technical accomplishment and prowess.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "My parents were kind of like me in that they had tons and tons of weird, amazing stuff."

My parents were kind of like me in that they had tons and tons of weird, amazing stuff.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Linux is a superbly polished copy of an antique - shinier than the original, perhaps, but still defined by it."

Linux is a superbly polished copy of an antique - shinier than the original, perhaps, but still defined by it.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "It's as if you kneel to plant the seed of a tree and it grows so fast that it swallows your whole town before you can even rise to your feet."

It's as if you kneel to plant the seed of a tree and it grows so fast that it swallows your whole town before you can even rise to your feet.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "There is no difference between machine autonomy and the abdication of human responsibility."

There is no difference between machine autonomy and the abdication of human responsibility.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Why do people deserve a penny when they update their Facebook status? Because they'll spend some of it on you."

Why do people deserve a penny when they update their Facebook status? Because they'll spend some of it on you.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Information doesn’t deserve to be free. It is an abstract tool; a useful fantasy, a nothing. It is nonexistent until and unless a person experiences it in a useful way."

Information doesn’t deserve to be free. It is an abstract tool; a useful fantasy, a nothing. It is nonexistent until and unless a person experiences it in a useful way.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Individuals achieve optimal stupidity when they're given substantial powers while being insulated from the results of their actions."

Individuals achieve optimal stupidity when they're given substantial powers while being insulated from the results of their actions.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "If you're old enough to have a job and to have a life, you use Facebook exactly as advertised, you look up old friends."

If you're old enough to have a job and to have a life, you use Facebook exactly as advertised, you look up old friends.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "People try to treat technology as an object, and it can't be. It can only be a channel."

People try to treat technology as an object, and it can't be. It can only be a channel.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Our willingness to suffer for the sake of the perception of freedom is remarkable."

Our willingness to suffer for the sake of the perception of freedom is remarkable.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Spirituality is committing suicide. Consciousness is attempting to will itself out of existence."

Spirituality is committing suicide. Consciousness is attempting to will itself out of existence.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "You have to be somebody before you can share yourself."

You have to be somebody before you can share yourself.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "The most important thing about a technology is how it changes people."

The most important thing about a technology is how it changes people.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Emphasizing the crowd means de-emphasizing individual humans in the design of society, and when you ask people not to be people, they revert to bad, mob-like behaviors."

Emphasizing the crowd means de-emphasizing individual humans in the design of society, and when you ask people not to be people, they revert to bad, mob-like behaviors.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "One good test of whether an economy is humanistic or not is the plausibility of earning the ability to drop out of it for a while without incident or insult."

One good test of whether an economy is humanistic or not is the plausibility of earning the ability to drop out of it for a while without incident or insult.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "What does it mean to not be alone? I've approached that question through music, technology, writing and other means."

What does it mean to not be alone? I've approached that question through music, technology, writing and other means.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Web 2.0 ideas have a chirpy, cheerful rhetoric to them, but I think they consistently express a profound pessimism about humans, human nature and the human future."

Web 2.0 ideas have a chirpy, cheerful rhetoric to them, but I think they consistently express a profound pessimism about humans, human nature and the human future.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "People degrade themselves in order to make machines seem smart all the time."

People degrade themselves in order to make machines seem smart all the time.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "I mean, you can't have advertising be the only official business of the information economy if the information economy is going to take over."

I mean, you can't have advertising be the only official business of the information economy if the information economy is going to take over.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "If you love a medium made of software, there's a danger that you will become entrapped in someone else's recent careless thoughts. Struggle against that."

If you love a medium made of software, there's a danger that you will become entrapped in someone else's recent careless thoughts. Struggle against that.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "There is nothing more gray, stultifying, or dreary than life lived inside the confines of a theory."

There is nothing more gray, stultifying, or dreary than life lived inside the confines of a theory.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Advertising is the edge of what people know how to do and of human experience and it explains the latest ways progress has changed us to ourselves."

Advertising is the edge of what people know how to do and of human experience and it explains the latest ways progress has changed us to ourselves.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "The network by itself is meaningless. Only the people were ever meaningful."

The network by itself is meaningless. Only the people were ever meaningful.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Evolution has never found a way to be any speed but very slow."

Evolution has never found a way to be any speed but very slow.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Facebook says, 'Privacy is theft,' because they're selling your lack of privacy to the advertisers who might show up one day."

Facebook says, 'Privacy is theft,' because they're selling your lack of privacy to the advertisers who might show up one day.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "A market economy cannot thrive absent the well-being of average people, even in a gilded age."

A market economy cannot thrive absent the well-being of average people, even in a gilded age.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Information is alienated experience."

Information is alienated experience.



Jaron Lanier Quotes: "Chemotherapy is a good thing even though it kills healthy cells. But we still hope for something better. We'd like to prevent cancer in the first place."

Chemotherapy is a good thing even though it kills healthy cells. But we still hope for something better. We'd like to prevent cancer in the first place.