Jaron Lanier and The Garden of Earthly Delights

Jaron Lanier - R. Williamson

Jaron Lanier 

Virtual Reality maven Jaron Lanier, now in the employ of Microsoft, is on the talk show circuit for his new book, ‘Dawn of the New Everything; Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality’.

One thing that comes up repeatedly is a description of himself as a geeky adolescent living in a half-finished geodesic dome in the desert listening to Bach while looking at paintings by Hieronymus Bosch, such as The Garden of Earthly Delights.  It was during those moments that he first started to imagine artists creating complete other worlds.

Quite a resume for a teenager – he attended New Mexico State University at 13 and did graduate level work, got a grant from the National Science Foundation to study mathematical notation, studied art in New York a bit later, and worked as a midwife for a short time soon after turning 20.

The Garden of Earthly Delights - (detail); Hieronymus Bosch

The Garden of Earthly Delights – (detail); Hieronymus Bosch



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