EAN-139780141049113   EAN-13 barcode 9780141049113
Product NameYou Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto
CategoryBook / Magazine / Publication
Short DescriptionPaperback
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Length5.14 inches    (convert)
Weight9.12 ounces    (convert)
AuthorJaron Lanier
Page Count240
FeaturesVintage Books USA
Long DescriptionIn "You are Not a Gadget" digital guru and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier reveals how the internet is deadening personal interaction, stifling genuine inventiveness and even changing us as people. Something went wrong around the start of the twenty-first century. The crowd was wise. Social networks replaced individual creativity. There were more places to express ourselves than ever before...yet no one really had anything to say. Does this have to be our future? Showing us the way to a future where individuals mean more than machines, this is a searing manifesto against mass mediocrity, a creative call to arms - and an impassioned defence of the human. "A provocative and sure-to-be-controversial book...Lucid, powerful and persuasive". ("The New York Times"). "There is hardly a page that does not contain some fascinating provocation". ("Guardian"). "Short and frightening ...from a position of real knowledge and insight". (Zadie Smith, "New York Review of Books"). "Poetic and prophetic, this could be the most important book of the year". ("The Times"). Jaron Lanier is a philosopher and computer 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 techniques, Lanier is one of the premier designers and engineers at work today. A musician with a collection of over 700 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 Policy.
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Due to the winter storm here in Salem Oregon, we went off-line at around 1am on Saturday February 13th.

We have battery backups, commercial level internet and off-site redundant backups. But because most of the county lost power and our battery backups only last a couple hours, our servers all shut down. Internet in the area was out as well due to the ice storm. Trees took out power lines, phone lines and internet lines all over the state.

We restored power to the building through the use of a generator, but the internet was still off-line until crews could restore the cables.

We are still experiencing some intermittent issues because the servers didn't get a totally clean shutdown when the power went out and recovery checks are taking a long time to examine all of the drives.

Things should be back to normal soon.

Sorry for the trouble.