Monday, August 09, 2010

Digital technologies

Books 2 Byte
You Are Not a Gadget: A manifesto
Jaron Lanier

Celebrate the real person

To those hassled by technology, the title of Jaron Lanier's book — You Are Not a Gadget: A manifesto — can be very reassuring. The book, written for people, not computers, begins with the question ‘What is a person?' Drawing inspiration from Publilius Syrus' statement that speech is the mirror of the soul, the author defines that a person is not a pat formula, but a quest, a mystery, a leap of faith.


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