Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: Jaron Zepel Lanier
Born: May 3, 1960, in New York City, New York, USA
- American computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author.
- Best known for popularizing the term VR (virtual reality).
- A pioneer in the field of VR who left Atari with Thomas G. Zimmerman in 1985 to found VPL Research, Inc., the first company to sell VR goggles and gloves.
- More recently, he advised Linden Lab on their virtual world Second Life, and was "scholar-at-large" at Microsoft Research where he has worked on the Kinect device for Xbox 360.
- You Are Not a Gadget (2010).
- Information Is an Alienated Experience (2006).
Honors and awards
- Carnegie Mellon University's Watson award (2001).
- Finalist for the first Edge of Computation Award (2005).
- Honorary doctorate from New Jersey Institute of Technology (2006).
- IEEE Virtual Reality Career Award (2009).
- Named one of TIME's 100 most influential people (2010).
"A real friendship ought to introduce each person to unexpected weirdness in the other."