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Scientist who has spent his career pushing the transformative power of modern technology to its limits From coining the term 'Virtual Reality' and creating the world's first immersive avatars to developing cutting edge medical imaging and surgical techniues Lanier is one of the premier designers and engineers at work todayA musician with a collection of over instruments he has been recognised by Encyclopedia Britannica but certainly not Wikipedia as one of history's greatest inventors and named one of the top one hundred public intellectuals in the world by Prospect and Foreign Poli. I had decided to give this four stars but then I read the other Goodreads reviewsEveryone I could see was giving it five or one based on whether or not they agreed My personal favourite review was one where the reviewer hadn't read the book at all but had read a New York Times review of the book and reviewed the book based on that alone I don't know if the author would find that hilarious or horrifying as it both validates his entire thesis and goes against everything the book hopes to inspireSo I don't agree with everything but I agree with the base underlying idea we humans and our internet are both far complicated interesting and vast than the current trend of web applications can hope to contain and it does us a great disservice to lower ourselves to the level of database entriesMy uestion as my friend Craig knows is always then how do we fix it I need to think on that I had a lot of these ideas before but never had them worded uite so clearlyand it seems it's time to think on it all again Because if we the technopriests to borrow our 1995 terminology can't be bothered to lead the flock to a better world then we deserve the world we get and are getting And that world kinda horrifies me to be honest

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