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   Jaron Lanier Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. Who Owns the Future? Are you concerned about the middle class? We are! Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, musician, and digital media pioneer best known for his work in Virtual Reality research. He received a Lifetime Career Award from the IEEE in 2009 for his contributions to the field. Time Magazine named him as one of the "Time 100" in 2010. A profile in Wired Magazine described him as "the first technology figure to cross over to pop-culture stardom." He has worked both in an academic context, particularly in connection with Internet2, and in the private sector, helping to create companies that were eventually acquired by Oracle, Adobe, and Google. Lanier received an honorary PhD from NJIT in 2006. He is the bestselling author of You Are Not a Gadget and also writes orchestral music and plays a large number of rare acoustic musical instruments. He is currently at work with colleagues at Microsoft on intriguing unannounced projects. Lanier was profiled in the January issue of Smithsonian Magazine: Who Owns the Future? is a visionary reckoning with the effects network technologies have had on our economy. Lanier asserts that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class. Now, as technology flattens more and more industries—from media to medicine to manufacturing—we are facing even greater challenges to employment and personal wealth. But there is an alternative to allowing technology to own our future. In this book, Lanier charts the path toward a new information economy that will stabilize the middle class and allow it to grow. It is time for ordinary people to be rewarded for what they do and share on the web. Tickets are available now at Brown Paper Tickets Online or by calling 800-838-3006 
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