Jaron Lanier news and links from 1999 to 2007- think of this as a "VERY Slow Blog":

category of link (by indentation and color):
Virtual Reality/Computer and Information Science       
Philosophy/speaking/punditry/press/visual arts

Sorry for being absolutely awful about updating this site- too much going on...  

2007 links:

Here is my entry for John Brockman's year-end question extravaganza

This book has a chapter on the continued adventures of me and Jeremy Bailensen as we work to understand Homuncular Flexibility

This book includes Digital Maoism as a chapter

usual suspects got worked up over one of my columns for Discover Magazine
An interview with me appears in
Michio Kaku's new BBC documentary "Visions of the Future"

Here is a
movie of a panel with Ken Perlin + Esther Dyson + Bernie Meyerson + me that is long but worth watching

I wrote a controversial New York Times oped

Two Concerts happened with Mark Deutsch in the Bay Area

 Aug. 19th: with Mark Deutsch and Mike Masley at the Berkeley Art Center

 Oct. 13th: with Mark Deutsch and Matthew Montfort within one of the long tunnels in the Marin Headlands- here are some photos

 Was at SciFoo again- here's some blogging and pictures and there's plenty more if you care to search....

Was the immoderator of a panel on virtual worlds at the AlwaysOn conference at Stanford- here's a video and you can search for plenty of blogs, etc...

 Science is finally catching up with the archival roaches at the NY Times

This book includes a description of the Critical Mass Communicator- an old design of mine that foresaw the OLPC

RU Sirius has a new book of interviews- including one with me

Was made aware of this transcription of one my long talks- haven't read to check for accuracy, but a number of people have said it's a good read...

Here's a video of a talk mostly about recent VR hardware research.

Here's a Discovery Channel documentary with footage of late 1990s Tele-immersion

And a video of my ancient musical video game Moondust.

Here's an old interview of me by Charlie Rose

Link to latest AI debate at Dartmouth

Want to learn more about the 11-cell AKA hendecachoron/hendecatope?  Here is the paper from ISAMA07.

Lectures about roots of online civility at
Yahoo Labs and Stanford

Gave keynote at SubOptic conference

Note that Jaron's World in Discover magazine was on a break for the month of June- but only for that month!

Mario Grigorov and I composed the soundtrack for "The Third Wave," a film which premiered at the TriBeCa film festival in NYC to a standing ovation.

I gave a keynote talk at the National Press Club as part of the Allen Press conference on the role of open everything in scientific communications.
Gave joint lectures with Steven Pinker and Salman Rushdie at the ROLLINS COLLEGE COLLOQUY

Hendecaphiliacs:  If you are interested in the "Hendecatope," described in Discover Magazine, here are two news items:  1) It has been renamed the Hendecachoron (to differentiate it from other objects like the 10-simplex) and 2) There will be a more substantial paper by Carlo Sequin and me at ISAMA '07

Gave keynote talk at conference in Singapore on software to manage strategic risks.

New book about why software is hard has a section on my work with Phenotropics: Dreaming in Code
    also: there was an interesting panel about the book...

Discover Magazine now has a single page where you can find Jaron's World columns

The SETI radio network webcast a show with some of the people who somehow can still blab about the philosophy of consciousness after all these years (Minsky, Churchland, Searle, me...)

Here's an interview with me by RU Sirius about the state of VR from before 2nd Life 

Have been appointed Interdisciplinary Scholar-in-Residence, CET, UC Berkeley

Lots of blogging continues re Digital Maoism- far too much for me to gather, but here are some links: as relates to Apple's new iPhone design (which is only possible because of a tyrant in charge) and as relates to yuppie ennui (according to bloggers over at Scientific American)

My answer to the edge.org annual question was Interpersonal Communication Will Become More Profound; Rationality Will Become Ever More Romantic

Also see this edge.org posting on avatars and the future of human self-representation

2006 links:

The New York Times chose Digital Maoism as one of the "Ideas of the Year" for 2006

and Time Magazine asked me to write yet more about the idea...

Yet again, I was asked to forecast the next 50 years of computer science, this time for New Scientist magazine...

Much ado in Germany:  Lecture at Dresden Future Forum and feature stories/interviews in Der Spiegel and Süddeutsche Zeitung

Appeared at Lincoln Center, NYC regarding Glenn Gould

My buddy Dave Soldier and I are both quoted in an article about AI music classification in the Guardian

Here's a podcast interview about Second Life, the Digital Maoism flap, etc.

Lilibell has arrived!  

Mix Magazine is running a picture of the Berkeley music technology breakfast group...

Played with Keith McMillen and his band TrioMetrik, plus special guest Don Buchla, at Recumbent Media Labs in San Francisco on Oct 5, 2006 (an AES-related event)

Mario Grigorov and I are busy creating the soundtrack for a feature documentary called "The Third Wave," which documents surprising human failings and unusual triumphs in the wake of the great Tsunami in Sri Lanka.  

Want to learn more about the ideas regarding the nature of time that Lee Smolin and I and others are thinking about, and which I wrote about in my Discover magazine column?  Then you should also read Lee's related article in New Scientist.

Google bought Nevengineering, the successor company to Eyematic Interfaces, where I was Chief Scientist.  Here's a link about the news, including info on one of my patents.

Second Life is doing great- here's an article about it in The Economist

I performed with Arraymusic in Toronto on June 2 at the Great Hall, Hart House- check out this recording of one of the pieces...

Wrote essay for Brazilian magazine Veja; Can technology make us happy?  

The book+DVD "Spectrum: Truth, Technology, and the Visual/Virtual World" by me, VS Ramachandran and Paul (DJ Spooky) Miller was just published by the Cleveland Public Library Press

Went to Scifoo- still grappling with the wikiness craze...

Speaking of which, the Digital Maoism essay is found on edge.org.  This little item has generated a storm of responses.  Here are some links: from  Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly, public radio, and again and again and again and yet again and in too many more instances in the international media to count...  

Here's a review of books by Chaitin and Rucker in American Scientist

Happened: Lecture at RPI on May 15

Happened: Lecture in Milan on May 9

Forbes reports on my notion that people and money are swapping identities

I'm very pleased indeed to announce that I will be writing a monthly column for Discover Magazine- more about this soon.   

A "Conversations with History" interview is available here.             

Premier of commissioned score Earthquake! for the Diablo Ballet at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco April 5 with worldwide tour to follow

Premier of commissioned piece for the TroMetrik Ensemble at the ODC Theater in San Francisco April 28/29

This year's Edge question was about "Dangerous Ideas" and mine was Homuncular Flexibility

Received honorary doctorate from NJIT this year.

The Free-marketeers at the CATO Institute asked me to write an essay about Internet Liberation

2005 links:

Jaron is named one of the world's top one hundred Public Intellectuals by Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines, and their readers.

Jaron presented a keynote for ApacheCon '05

Participated in meeting trying to understand "emergence."  Complete audio transcripts online here!  Much more to come from this one.

Jaron is Nominated for the Edge of Computation Prize

You are invited to listen to a new album-in-progress here.

An article appeared in the Financial Times, co-authored by Jaron, on possible big surprises in the Chinese economy 

Podcast of what Jaron said at a wild Berkeley psychedelic culture conference available here.

Singapore Creativity Lectures:  On Public Policy, the nature of creativity, plus an article in The Business Times. 

An active blog could be filled with nothing but the requests I've received to start a blog.
So, OK!  I am now a blogger on the Huffington Post

Jaron's review of Roger Penrose's The Road to Reality : A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe was published in American Scientist magazine.  Here's a review of the review!

Mini-chapter by Jaron on Post-symbolic Communication in new book on unprovable hypotheses

Jaron spoke at the AMD Global Vision Conference

Jaron gave Keynote talk at JAOO conference in Denmark

Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies -- and What It Means to Be Human
by  JOEL GARREAU is out - is in part about Jaron and his ideas

Here are some pictures of my childhood home described in the book.

Here is the NY Times Book Review on Radical Evolution, plus this from The Washington Post and this from Scientific American.

Series of Art/science dialogs at Cleveland Public Library with events on April 17 (dialog with V.S.  Ramachandran) and October 23 (dialog with Paul MIller aka DJ Spooky).

The Prospect magazine (UK) reconsidered the Archival Roaches

Latest issue of Discover magazine (p. 82) has a book proposal from Jaron

Gave Lecture/Performance at UC Berkeley:  "Can Soulful Music Survive Digital Epistemology?"

Podcast  here.  Video here.  Audio file here.  Includes musical performances.

The thesis of the talk is that too many people have the wrong idea about “Digital Information” and how to use it, and that a tough reassessment of computation could get us unstuck so we can have new musical styles again and be soulful.

The state of pop music in America is bizarre.  This is the first time since electrification that a new musical style hasn't appeared with a new generation.  Hip Hop, weird attitude rock, and so on, are in many cases the music of the grandparents of today's undergraduates.  Meanwhile, the term “Soulful” has been applied to certain music ever more since the rise of digital metaphors and computational challenges to the idea of “Soul.”  “Soulful” music is typically pre-digital, with old blues recordings being the canonical examples; New music described as “Soulful” is usually nostalgic.  Making everything fungible gradually reduces the differences between things.  This is what happens when all music is digitized, easily available, and remixable.  Shouldn't ideas, including musical ideas, be anti-entropic?  Is remixing enough?  Digital objects have more explicit boundaries than other objects.  Do we have enough self-knowledge to know where the boundaries of music are?  A clarinet is made of matter but a computer is made of ideas, and ideas might never be good enough for music making.  Do computers confine us to eternally re-digesting the ideas of programmers, even when we are the programmers?  Definitions of music and personhood tend to gain and lose transcendental components together.  Does attitude about “Soulfulness” matter? 

Also gave a lecture to Americ Azevedo's undergraduate students at UC Berkeley that's a fire-breathing sermon on how vast the opportunities are to improve computer science and digital design (view with REAL player)

Appeared at the Stanford Innovation Summit with Bill Joy, Paul Saffo, and George Gilder; a combustible mix.  Watch it as streaming video hereHere and here are some accounts, and another and another.
Review by Jaron of John Markoff's What the Dormouse Said  was published in American Scientist magazine.

Assorted press related to my friend Ray Kurzweil's new book (love the guy but think his ideas are wrong) here and on Monday Oct 3 on WBUR's On Point (listen here)

Gave Keynote Lecture at the Cornell Theory Center May 24 to celebrate the Center's 20th anniversary

The May issue of The Sun Magazine had an interview with me.

Gave keynote for National Youth Leadership Forum on Technology in San Jose June 27

"The Future of The Future" event April 28 in Mill Valley, CA

Avant-Persian music in Santa Barabara, CA March 12

UCSC art talk April 11 - UC Davis art talk happened March 8

Academic CS lectures in the Spring at Brown, Dartmouth, Stanford, and elsewhere.  

 Became an advisor for the new distributed alife community, Darwin@Home

Gave a Silicon Valley Siggraph talk on Feb.  3- schmooze at 7, talk at 8pm- Location: Town Hall Auditorium, Apple Headquarters Mariani Drive Cupertino
TITLE: "How well do people have to see each other for visual telecommunications
to work well, or would people prefer not be seen precisely?"


Visual telecommunication technologies have never met human factors
requirements. Worse, the full extent of the requirements is not yet
known.  We are learning a lot, however.  It is now possible to propose
lines of demarcation between high-end video conferencing and
tele-immersion.  Tele-immersion ought to convey certain cues that
demonstrably matter to the outcome of communication even if
non-specialist participants are not able to articulate the nature of
these cues as they are experiencing them.  Fundamental physical limits
make the design of high performance tele-immersive interfaces difficult,
but strategies are emerging that are likely to overcome known barriers.
We are close enough to reaching the goal of quality tele-immersion that
it's time to ask how tele-immersive fidelity might need to be limited in
precise ways to bring out the best in the curious social species
tele-immersion is intended to help.

Played gig with Will Calhoun 10pm Jan 25th at Luggage Store, SF; see the pix

Jan 29th played another avant-Persion gig at The Pines Club House  in
San Jose, CA

Spoke at MMVR this year on Jan 27th at 4:15PM on the sad topic of information technologies that can survive infectious agent bioterrorism.

Revived "Shards", "The Flute Lathe", "Birth" and other older interactive works at the  San Francisco Disklavier festival on Sat. January 8th at the CAFE Off-Market Theaters.

Gave closing talk for EnVision'05

This year's edge.org question concerned unproven hypotheses, and I used the occasion to reexamine post-symbolic communication.

2004 links:

Am at work on a new record with Mark Deutch, called "Proof of Consciousness."  Will post beta test mp3s before long.

The Register (UK) published an amusing account of a talk I gave to extropians.

My crazy Persian friends and I played music at Wheeler Auditorium in Berkeley on Nov. 14.

Gave a keynote talk at OOPSLA this year on what alien computer programming techniques might be like.  There have been many requests for the slides, and I'll post them soon.

Title: Exocomputing in the Year 2304: A Survey of  Confirmed Alien Information Technologies

Jaron Lanier, Interstellar Computer Science Institute:  Jaron Lanier joined the Interstellar Computer Science Institute, based in Berkeley, CA, Earth, in 2303 as a Senior Research Scientist. He specializes in Virtual Reality, General Bio-information Theory, and Exocomputing.

Abstract: As more alien civilizations have been encountered in recent decades, a variety of exotic information technology strategies have come to light. It has often been difficult to analyze  these technologies, as alien cognitive and social factors must  be taken into account, and these are in themselves challenging  to interpret. It is now becoming possible to present an  overview of a variety of alien information technologies and to  glean insights into how they might inform the future of human  IT as well as what might be expected from future alien  encounters.

Also debated Will Wright, Sims godfather, at an event at Stanford . 

An autobiographical piece appears in this book of reminiscences of scientific childhoods.  This reviewer thought mine was the "dark" story of the lot.  Here are some pictures of the eccentric home described in the book.

Taught and debated at Dartmouth in the Summer.

Spoke at Fortune's "Brainstorm" meeting in Aspen.

A NYC gallery has mounted an exhibition exploring "Cybernetic Totalism"

In effort to make utopianism respectable once again, I gave talk on a 1000 year optimistic scenario.  These are some of the powerpoint slides from that talk, though alas some browsers, like Apple's Safari, won't read them. 

Here are some cartoons that illustrate a recent "punditry gig".

Here's some bloggerie from my talk at the FutureSalon.

Gave a seminar on the future of VR at Stanford- note to Stanford students: sorry not to add the video of the talk to your curriculum library, but the Stanford Computer Science department currently asks lecturers to grant commercial resale rights with specific concessions to Microsoft in order to do that- seriously- so I had to decline. 

20th Anniversary celebration of he book "Programmers at Work" took place.  Here's one account with pictures.

Gave keynote talk for Digital Days at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.  Here's a video clip

Played piano and did a joint lecture with Mike Hawley in South Carolina.

Also in South Carolina, mounted a gallery exhibit in which human visitors allowed me to use their sense of musical appreciation to help neuroscientists unravel the mysteries of neural firing patterns deep inside the brain of a moth.

This book discusses some of my work with exotic musical instruments.

2003 links:
"Beauty" and "Status" are my candidates for the NY Times' Most Overrated and Underrated ideas of 2003

JB at Edge.org asked the usual batch of scientists to come up with "Laws" we'd like to have named after ourselves.

Joel Garreau is working on a book about that old singularity, which is supposed to swallow humanity any minute.   GBN has published a sneak preview of a chapter in which he compares my approach to the problem with those of Bill Joy and Ray Kurzweil.

virtual final issue of Whole Earth magazine has an interview with me- also about the singularity and its discontents.

A new edge.org non-technical essay of mine,
"WHY GORDIAN SOFTWARE HAS CONVINCED ME TO BELIEVE IN THE REALITY OF CATS AND APPLES", introduces phenotropics, and its physical and philosophical implications.
The new CD Columns of Air is finished. 
First broadcast of music from Columns of Air was on: New Sounds, WNYC, with John Schaefer, Monday, Nov 24.  You can listen to the show as a Real Audio stream here.

Columns of Air album release live event was: Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003; Joe's Pub, NYC

The Buzz Band, a multicultural jamband my friends and I are putting together, performed at SOBs NYC Thurs Nov 20- early show.  Here are some photos from that show.

Played a wild show with Living Colour at their Bimbo's gig in SF Nov 26.

Barbara Higbie and I recreated our duet from the 1980s for the floating concert to celebrate the Heraclitus' homecoming.

Computer Science seminar NYU- Monday Nov 24, 719 B'way, 12th fl.
Lecture Tour in Korea mid-November- see poster here

A streaming video of a lecture/interview I gave in Amsterdam Nov. 5 will be viewable through
this site.
Played  in  an  experimental  Persian jazz band in SF on Nov. 7.
First talk on Magic Window project given at this NSF conference.

Finally added some images of vintage VPL VR equipment from the 1980s in answer to many requests- will add more and better photos and documentation soon.

Wrote a chapter and one of the closing essays for the new book "The New Humanists."  Actually, the chapter is none other than the "Half Manifesto."  Was on a panel with fellow contributors Jared Diamond and Marc hauser on September 25 at the Barnes and Noble store in the Grove Shopping Center in Los Angeles.

Edge.org Summer Postcards for 2003 are up.  My postcard is about clannishness and has an interesting photograph.

On Sept 9 gave a talk for Bay CHI, titled "Why VR has not (yet) become a widespread technology."  This list of the top 11 reasons  was read by most attendees in advance.

Was asked to chair the "Luminaries" meetings (which were sponsored by SGI) at Siggraph 2003.  My followup letter, sent to participants after the meetings, proposes that there are some trends in real time 3D interaction research that deserve scrutiny- particularly the new obsession with GPU shaders.

Latest spat on edge.org: Some of my colleagues feel that the scientific community will be improved if atheists start playing an "oppressed minority" role to try to look sympathetic.  I doubt it.

The Wave magazine named me "one of the 10 smartest people in San Francisco", but you have to put that in context: The guy who invented Chia pets also made the list.

Here are the slides for the talk I gave at PARC on Phenotropics.

Here's an interview about my mysterious new high risk computer science project, Phenotropics, from the main Java website.  And here is the inevitable slashdot riot.  Most of the cranky complaints are about one particular issue, and in this case I have to say the critics are absolutely correct.  I goofed by not catching an incorrect number when I checked the interview for accuracy.  The number was stated as 10,000,000.  It should clearly have been higher.  But that value isn't important to the idea.  If you want to know what this is all about, read the interview!  Many thanks to all the people who have written extended comments on the ideas in the interview and sent them to me directly.  I will read and respond- might take me a while!

Assorted 2003 Spring/Summer event links:  Course on medical technology at Dartmouth, talk on the next millennium of human communication at ideaCity conference in Toronto, talk for the semiconductor manufacturer's association, keynote on enterprise IT, Music/Virtual Reality performance at Rochester Institute for technology, talk at "Mind States" conference, keynote for Armed Forces information technology conference.

Here's the second part of the interview on the java website.  This portion covers some of my earlier activities, like VR.

If you missed this seminar on Phenotropics, here are my characteristically sloppy slides.

Edge.org asked for my thoughts on the death of Dolly the sheep.

The good news:  The folks at Encyclopaedia Britannica decided to honor Virtual Reality as one of history's greatest inventions.  They erred in listing me as its sole inventor, however.  The really bad news is much worse:  Muzak made the list along with Virtual Reality.

Here's streaming audio of a lecture I gave titled "Technology and the Future of the Human Soul" for the Dowmel Lecture Series in Great Barrington, Mass.

I mouthed off yet again to the NY Times about the music industry's latest attempt to use "artificial intelligence" to create pop music hits.

Here are pictures from the 2003 TED scientists' dinner.

I spoke at the Future of Life conference.  Here is a picture.

Here's my answer to this year's edge.org question, in the form of a mock letter to the President.

Some 2002 links:
I spoke at the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Here's an interview with me that focuses on my life as a musician and composer.

Here's another interview on various topics.

Here's an interview associated with a conference coming up called PopTech.  I'm told that the Poptech website will eventually offer streaming video of my talk and piano concert.  And here's another poptech interview- I love that this interviewer thought I was talking about contraband instruments instead of contrabass ones!

There's a lot of material derived from this interview with me in the new book "What's Next; Exploring the New Terrain for Business".

I appear and am heard (as a pundit, not a musician) in the new concert/video/performance piece "Three Tales", by Steve Reich and Beryl Korot.

You can hear a recent talk I gave at Yale here (note there are two separate links, for the two halfs of the talk).

I played Persian-style contrabassoon (somehow), glass harmonica, and other instruments in Richard Horowitz's soundtrack for Sussan Deyhim and Shirin Neshat's performance piece "Logic of Birds", which played at Lincoln Center and elsewhere this Summer.

Remembering Stephen Jay Gould.

I wrote a chapter for a new book called The Next Fifty Years : Science in the First Half of the Twenty-First Century (edited by John Brockman). My chapter speculates about what complexity studies might look like in the next half century, and how that might influence both biology and ultra-large-scale software architecture.  Here's Wired Mag's take on it.  This interview summarizes the material in the chapter.  Here's a little piece about the stuff from CIO Magazine.  I've decided to use the term "Phenotropics" to describe this and related material.

Here are the powerpoint slides from my recent UC Berkeley lecture on Phenotropics.  And here's the abstract:

Title:  Should Computer Science Get Rid of Protocols Altogether?

Abstract:   Computers are finally beginning to connect to the physical world with a little of the facility displayed by living organisms, which are generally able to interact reliably with an environment even though unplanned elements are often present.  Medical instrumentation, robotics, and advanced user interfaces have all been improved recently by using techniques such as pattern recognition and predictive filtering.  But operating systems and programming languages are still conceived of in the terms of mid-twentieth century engineering, in which sending signals on wires between slow machines was the central metaphor, and the protocol was the only solution.  Perhaps it is time to take some of the advances from recent systems that interface to the real world and apply them to the world that remains strictly inside the computer. Components in such systems would connect together through pattern recognition of each other instead of adherence to protocols.  This approach might be called “phenotropic”.  While the phenotropic idea is still not fully formed, there are reasons to hope that phenotropic systems would display more useful failure modes, facilitating adaptive systems and avoiding crashes, and might also grow to larger sizes than traditional protocol-adherence-based systems. 

Since Wired reported it, I guess I can as well: I helped brainstorm the future world for the new movie Minority Report, by Steven Spielberg.  Here are some of my thoughts on how it came out.  I also discuss some of the specific gizmos from the movie in my "Summer Postcard" on edge. SEED Magazine is running an abrreviated version of that postcard.

This book has a chapter on my "Half-manifesto."

If you're interested in computers and education you might enjoy this article.  Please note that I did not write the abstract and that I would never willingly use the word "impacted" unless I was describing a meteorite. Here's an online version.

Some other press links: Here's part of an interview for the Italian magazine e-art.  Here's an interview in German from "Machina X".  Here's another German article about me and Eyematic.  Some of my thoughts about the attacks (transcribed from a quick phone interview) were run in Salon.

It's always worth checking in on the latest debates on edge.org.  The current one is about science-as-culture.

A collaboration between me and the French artist Phillipe Parreno is up at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris this Summer.  It concerns the ways that aliens and cephalopods might perceive human beings.  The curator is Hans Ulrich Obrist.

You are invited to read my rant about why there doesn't seem to be any current musical youth culture.  It will be a chapter in a book DJ Spooky is putting together.

If you happen to be a student at Dartmouth, you might want to look into a course Dr. Joe Rosen and I are offering this Summer:
Virtual medicine and cybercare   Engineering 013   MWF 12:30 to 1:35 (June 21 to August 23rd)

A new book claims I'm one of the 1000 "most creative" people in America.

I gave a variety of talks and played a concert (with Hand Made Techno) for this year's World Economic Forum (or "Davos") meeting in NYC.  The NY Times made me seem a little more critical of the protestors than I really was.  Here are some pictures from the concert.

Hand Made Techno (with Will Calhoun) has been playing at assorted pseudo-reputable downtown NYC joints, like Joe's Pub.

I gave a keynote talk at this year's NAMM.  I also played a comic musical performance there using facial expressions only, using the Eyematic algorithms.  AND I played winds for a crazy set at the House of Blues with Living Colour fronted by Geroge Clinton (!), with Sheila E., some of the Los Lobos guys, and other characters.  I'll get some photos of that up soon.

I gave the keynote for the 10th annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality conference (as I had done for the first one a decade ago).  It's thrilling to see this field mature.

The Guardian (London) ran a weekend profile of me

TechTV produced a documentary about me- haven't seen it, but it has inspired a torrent of email.


The following are links from 2001:
I am delighted that the NSF accepted a proposal I put together with colleagues at UNC and UPenn to move tele-immersion research into a remote, real-time, terascale implementation.

The NY Times reported on some views of the definition of life, including my own.

Speaking of the Times, my spoof that appeared in the Times about encoding their archives in the "junk" portion of NYC cockroach DNA has inspired some actual research in invisible ink, oddly enough.  Here's an essay about my dear roaches by a French intellectual.  Here's where the Times Capsule Archival Cockroach project was unveiled. It was also turned into a physical exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Here is the text of the original proposal, which contains humor omitted from the final reportage.

I debated the future of immortality with Bill Joy and some of the other usual suspects at a Fortune Magazine conference, and they also published some of my thoughts after the attack.

As some of you might know, I live five blocks from Ground Zero in New York City. I'm fine, though the loft was slightly damaged.

As it happens, I gave GBN an interview about terrorism and the Taliban a month before the attack. Download it here as PDF.

I played a virtual reality+music gig at the Institute for Contemporart Art in London on November 19.

Hope you caught the PBS broadcast of my composition The Navigator Tree. Here's a review of the show that appeared in the LA Times.  The latest news: it just won a CINE Golden Eagle award.  (The show, "Continental Harmony". was a documentary about a series of millennial compositions that were commissioned by the NEA and the American Composer's Forum.  A piece of mine, The Navigator Tree, was featured.  It combined divergent tuning systems from various ensembles from around the world (a gamelan, a bell choir, a taiko drum group, a Chinese harp) in order to find a new sort of harmony.  It was also a memorial to what might have been the largest tree ever seen by human beings, a giant redwood that was destroyed to make way for housing developments in Oakland California in the middle of the 19th century.  The show included interviews, an investigation into the tree's stump, which survives, and rehearsals- as well as the performance.)

I was honored to receive this year's Watson Award from the CMU College of Fine Arts.

I've failed to list music gigs in NYC on this page lately, but for the record, my crazy Summer band for 2001, with Krishna Bhatt, David Soldier, Robert Dick & Cyro Baptista played at Tonic on Wed, Jul 25.

In my spare time I'm the chief scientist of a new outfit called Eyematic.

Here are some text and video clips from a recent John Brockman-run rural Edge seminar on the fundamentals of information theory and society, and here is an article about the event that appeared in the New York Times. Here's a fortune mag tidbit with a picture. Here's a profile/interview that just appeared, in German, in Der Spiegel- it has some MP3 music clips.

It turns out that tele-immersion works! The April 2001 issue of Scientific American has a major article on it. Here are some pictures of tele-immersion from Oct. 2000. Here is a photo of an earlier demo (May, 2000). The Washington Post put tele-immersion on the front page of the "style section". MIT Technology Review's article on tele-immersion is here. New Scientist's report is here. Here's an article on tele-immersion and Internet 2 from the New York Times. The Los Angeles Times reports here. And Fortune Magazine's is here... Here's an article on Internet2 and Tele-immersion. And here's another article. And another.

The hullabaloo about The Half Manifesto, my rant on "cybernetic totalism" continues here. ...and here's Salon's factually confused, reasonably supportive, fashionably snide story on it. Ray Kurzweil has written a counter-manifesto here. Here's an essay about it in American Prospect. A version on paper is found in the December, 2000 issue of Wired magazine, starting on page 158. Here's Upside's article on it, and here's a lot of ranting about Upside's version of what I said on Slashdot. If you want to read an online, but edited version of the Manifesto, in which names are properly spelled, then you should choose Wired's online version.

Here's my Adweek interview- filled with typos plus they got my job title wrong, but I'm happy to see some of these ideas in print.

Hey, Slashdotters! I was indulging in SATIRE in that Washington Post article. Relax! Jeez! And, by the way, I have never smoked pot. And, as it happens, the $1 per crash idea should be credited to Ben Schneiderman.

Streaming video of a recent talk about technology and education is here.

Also at work on reconstructing ancient Egyptian music for the BBC...

Here's my latest column for CIO, about how the genetic future of our species will be governed by the outcome of the "software crisis".

Here's a review of my organocentric world technopop show with special guest Sean Lennon. Sean and I played a fun techno-ish set. I played a zillion weird acoustic instruments from around the world and Sean played electronics.

On March 8, 2001, at the Knitting Factory in NYC, this show happened (and happened well- Stanley Jordan showed up by surprise to sit in with us):


Jaron Lanier and Will Calhoun love electronic beats as much as the anyone, but who had the idea that the machines should be allowed to play themselves? What if those electronic sounds were played by human hands? Will has already conquered rock ("Living Colour") and jazz ("Live at the Blue Note"), and now he masters electronic percussion. Jaron has conquered technology (invented virtual reality, blah, blah), and now plays his own eerie, soulful melodies on strange instruments instead of sampling the sounds of anonymous third world people. Come hear dance music played by people!

The following entries are mostly from the year 2000:
In December 2000 I premiered an evening of new work for orchestra and virtual worlds in Wroclaw, Poland, for the WRO2000 festival. It was a wonderful experience! Michal Nesterowicz was the conductor. Here's the program and a picture.

on July 13 I played in the Lincoln Center Festival 2000: ELECTRONIC ENSEMBLES This was an odd-ball idea. An orchestra of historic 20th century electronic instruments, mostly played by their inventors, performing Terry Riley’s "In C". My instrument was a musical virtual world. I experienced being in a place where there was a dark, pulsing, organic "planet" surrounded by many, many moons that look like pearls. Inside the planet were variegated stones that made sounds when brushed with a whirling tattered object that looked something like a bejeweled Victorian fashion accessory. The audience saw my world on a video monitor, though I was wearing "vr goggles", of course.

The April 2000 issue of "Natural History" magazine had cuttlefish on the cover and some of my ranting about them reported in a story.

Here are my Edge comments on David Gelernter's latest stuff.

My  composition, The Navigator Tree, premiered. It was a commission from National Endowment for the Arts/American Composers Forum, featuring the Sonos Handbell Ensemble- and was part of the Continental Harmony project. Watch for the PBS television show about it.

Some television shows I was on can be sampled here and here.

Article on cyberstuff and poverty here.

Transcripts of my appearances on PBS' The News Hour here and here (on Microsoft antitrust questions); and here and here (on digital culture).

Yet another photo of me is found in this coffeetable book on Dreadlocks.

Solo piano recital happened March 30.

Gave a talk on the future of scientific method at the Annual AAAS conference.


The following are mostly from the year 1999:

I wrote a chapter in the new Malaparte book.

Notes from a lecture at Stanford; Article on Flutes; I gave a keynote speech at the MP3 conference;

Most amazingly, Palau, home of my beloved Giant Cuttlefish, has issued a postal stamp of me!

I've started work with Terry Riley on a collaborative opera to be titled "Bastard, the First".

Here are pointers to my NY Times Article and Manifesto on the future of the music business.

A past issue of The Sciences has a fun review article of mine about user interface design.

Concert with VR instruments on May 8 at Cooper Union Grand Hall, NYC.

Read my latest on Daniel Dennett and Memes.

On April 3 Lee Smolin and I gave a joint lecture on the topic of Time and the Present Moment, which was followed by a music performance in which I was joined by Sean Lennon- a joyous evening to inaugurate "UU", a new event series in Brooklyn, NY.

I played solos on various Southeast Asian instruments for Richard Horowitz's lovely soundtrack for Three Seasons, which just became the first film to win both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Festival.

Yet another twist in my anti-artificial intelligence ranting can be found in the latest issue of Forbes ASAP

"Elevator", a duet made up of me+Duncan Sheik played at the Knitting Factory in NYC, Sunday, Jan. 31th, main room, 8PM.

How about an instrumental lullaby in mp3 format for those dark winter nights: "Sleepwalking" is from a project in the works called "Music for Alien Children", a "Young Person's Guide" to the Earth's instruments. I am playing all the tracks. (Yes, this music is protected by copyright- please contact me if you want to do anything provocative with it.)

There's a chapter/photo of me in "Virtuoso", the new book by Ken Carbone, with photos by Howard Schatz. Here's CNN's report on it.

I gave the closing talk at the Doug Englebart tribute at Stanford.

A good recent talk I gave at the Toronto Film Center is available online. (URL coming soon.)

I was the guest editor of the October/November issue of Civilization, the magazine of the Library of Congress. My opening essay was illustrated with a photo that makes me look like Marylin Manson, somehow (I didn't choose it).

I am currently the lead scientist of the National Tele-immersion Initiative. (Finally a link to the new, lovely tele-i website!)
 Big News:   Sun buys VPL!

And Here's the NY Times' story
(and here's HotWired's take on it)
 Chromatophoria is my new VR/music band. See us as we were at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Here's another performance (at Cybertheatre Brussels), also archived on the net.

My orchestral piece Mirror/Storm was recently commissioned and premiered by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Hugh Wolf. If you are a conductor, please be in touch and check out the score.

VPL Software lives! If you are a die-hard user of Body Electric, Isaac, and RB2 Swivel, you will want to know about this.

Here's the recent Fortune Magazine profile.

Hotwired has a good recent audio record of one of my talks, given in San Francisco.

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