1. At the Bitcoin Embassy on Lower St. Laurent, Montréal, taken: 2014-11-06 19.53.28


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    An American firm is just now trying its hand at seeding peer-to-peer lending north of the border in Canada. Basically to steal people's money with technical nonsense. We don't need no blockchains controlled by one guy and his big computer as explained in Jaron Lanier's books including Who Owns the Future, and You are Not a Gadget.

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    • Cory Doctorow on the Politics of Copyright


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      Cory Doctorow on why digital rights management on the Web is a dangerous idea, Jaron Lanier and the internet economy, the purpose of copyright, and why we stopped building cathedrals, but creativity is alive.

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      • In Conversation: Jaron Lanier and James Bridle On Who Owns the Future?


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        Jaron Lanier is a technology inventor and philosopher who has been dubbed the prophet of the digital age. He coined the phrases 'Virtual Reality' and 'digital Maoism'. His last book, You Are Not A Gadget, was a hugely influential and hotly debated critique of the 'hive mind'. Here he talks about his new book, Who Owns the Future?, with artist and writer James Bridle.

 Digital technologies dawned with the promise that they would bring us all greater economic stability and power. That utopian image has stuck. But, Lanier argues, the efficiencies brought by digi-techs are having the effect of concentrating wealth while reducing overall growth. He predicts that, as more industries are transformed by digital technologies, huge waves of permanent unemployment are likely to follow those already sweeping through many creative industries.

 But digital hubs are designed on the principle that people don't get paid for sharing. Every time we apply for a loan, update Facebook, use our credit cards, post pictures on Instagram or search on Google, we work for free says Lanier. He argues that artificial intelligence over a network can be understood as a massive accounting fraud that ruins markets. Past technological revolutions rewarded people with new wealth and capabilities. He will explain why, without that reward, the middle classes - who form the basis of democracy as he sees it - are threatened, placing the future of human dignity itself at risk.

 Lanier discusses his analysis of the deep links between democracy and capitalism, and shares his thoughts for how humanity can find a new vision for the future.


 This event was part of The School of Life's 'In Conversation' series and took place at Conway Hall on 6th March 2013.

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        • QR code version "Aesthetics of Decay:Design for Dying Electronics"(BETA VERSION)


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          Why the use of QR codes in the video-art project "Aesthetics of Decay;Design for Dying Electronics" by [dNASAb]? 1]_ Turn your "i" device into a "we" device, in the same vein as the iPod and iPad ecosystem sculptures. In a sense,tricking them to collaborate in the actualization of the project. A small networked hive of video, launching video, and distributing the video to other devices. 2]_Bring the 2-dimensional youtube video, into the 3rd-dimension via the use of smart devices.I envision an ad-hoc network of devices (iPhone's, iPad's, Androids, etc) working harmoniously together to create an interactive, multi-channel video installation. Like my video sculptures that utilize 3-dimensional sculptural components in that space between the screen and the viewer, this piece is also designed to function in this in-between zone, (which just happens to be a zone underutilized in contemporary sculpture). Albeit it will take the active participation of each viewer, and how the installation materializes is dependant on that interactivity and participation.For the majority of the history of film and video, we are more often than not, passive observers of video.Those times are changing as quickly as the mediuns and players themselves. 3]_The use of QR codes are espeiallly relevant to this particular project because the intended viewing surface" of the images illustrating the inevitability of the death of your device" is your smart phone or tablet. Virtually rendering your phone, temporarily, near its death. It is being broken, tortured and is decaying.." 4]_My iterest in the broken screen stems from my experiences of non-art world viewers wondering why i have destroyed such a nice tv with my sculptural enhancements.In reference as to how most of us utilize our screen based technologies, I have rendered it useless for most of the activities we rely on these technologies to display.One would not choose one of my LCD Blosom sculptures to view the "Big Game",watch the "Jersey Shore",or view mainstream media news.In my concept I have not destroyed the screen but augmented and enhanced it, turning it from a large edition "cloned"consumer electronic into a unique 1 of 1 art object. Need a barcode scanner??__Download i-nigma reader Free From App Store - Download from: Apple App Store, Android Market or BlackBerry App World.

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          • UX Week 2011 | Jaron Lanier


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            A Renaissance Man for the 21st century, Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author who writes on numerous topics, including high-technology business, the social impact of technology, the philosophy of consciousness and information, Internet politics, and the future of humanism.

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            • Jaron Lanier Keynote at Augmented Reality Event 2011


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              Jaron Lanier talks about history of technology and it's implications on society and augmented reality, and plays the khene

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              • Jaron Lanier keynote address at the Festival of Ideas for the New City


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                Jaron Lanier, author of "You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto," opens his Keynote address at the Festival of Ideas for the New City with an untraditional song he composed on this traditional instrument, the Khaen. In his words, "this instrument is the first prototype of the computer in human culutre, as it is the first functioning object made of multiple parallel similar components - the first 'bits' if you like." This talk took place in the Great Hall at the Cooper Union, NYC, on May 5, 2011 as part of the New Museum's inaugural Conference, Performances and StreetFest.

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                • Video Highlights - Imagine 2011 - Microsoft Advertising


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                  See http://adnews.ms/f94IGT for more on Imagine 2011 Marketing Leadership Summit held by Microsoft Advertising in Redmond in 2011. Video features Steve Ballmer, David Sable, Jess Greenwood, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Darren Huston, Ivan Pollard, Lilli Cheng and Jaron Lanier.

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                  • Almost Real: Connecting in a Wired World


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                    Obsession and the Internet, this film follows 4 people obsessed with life online, featuring William Gibson, Pico Iyer, and others. Shot in New Mexico, Sealand, Dakota, New York and Winnipeg.

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                    • Jaron Lanier Keynote


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                      Microsoft Research, author, You Are Not A Gadget

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