• Written by Jaron Lanier
  • Published in 2010
  • 221 pages
  • Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️?

Lanier proposes a new generation of humanism, opposed to the quest for singularity that many technologist are pursuing.

Lanier’s influential role in the early days of the internet and digital technologies and the fact that he personally knows so many of the people that created the fundaments of our current digital world make his ideas very respectable and valuable.

He presents interesting concepts and draws parallels between language development, neoteny and cephalopods in order to present his ideal of digital humanism. A world where we are not working towards our own instinction that singularity inevitably will bring, but a world where technology will help us to deepen our understanding of the concept of ‘meaning’.

Cuz that is what seems to separate us from machines so far: the understanding of meaning.