Jaron Lanier Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Jaron Zepel Lanier was born on 3 May 1960, in New York City, USA, of Austrian-Jewish descent through his mother – killed in a car crash when he was 10 – and Ukrainian-Jewish through his father, severely injured in the same crash. He is a writer, composer, visual artist and computer scientist – probably best known for being a pioneer in the field of virtual reality. He founded VPL Research, Inc., selling VR goggles and gloves, the first company to do so. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Jaron Lanier? As of mid-2017, sources estimate a net worth that is at $5 million, mostly earned through a successful career in computers and music. He has helped in numerous projects for Internet2 and Microsoft, and has also composed music, plus is a collector of rare instruments. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

Jaron Lanier Net Worth $5 million

Jaron attended New Mexico State University. He took graduate level courses, and received a National Science Foundation grant to study mathematical notation. He learned computer programming, but then attended art school in New York, before perhaps surprisingly working in New Mexico as a midwife for a short period of time.

Lanier then went to work for Atari, where he would meet Thomas Zimmerman, and when he lost his job after Atari was split into two companies in 1984, he focused on creating visual programming language or VPL, and he and Zimmerman founded VPL Research to focus on virtual reality technology. They had some success, increasing their net worth, however in 1990 the company went bankrupt, and their patents were bought by Sun Microsystems.

In 1997, Lanier began working for Internet2 as the Chief Scientist of Advanced Network and Services,studying advanced applications. In 2001, he became a Visiting Scientist at Silicon Graphics Inc., working there for the next three years, and concurrently he was a visiting scholar at Columbia University, and a visiting artist at New York University.

Jaron’s wrote numerous works focused on computer philosophy, including “One-Half of a Manifesto” which states that computers are unlikely to replace humans in a few decades. He’s also written on post-symbolic communication which he states is a direct behavioral expression of thought. He also criticized the collective wisdom of the internet – including websites such as Wikipedia – as tending to exaggerate details. In 2010, he wrote the book “You Are Not a Gadget” which criticizes open source and open content productions on the internet. Three years later, he wrote “Who Owns the Future?’ which explains how the middle class is disenfranchised from online economies. All apparently helped raise his net worth.

He’s also worked in the music industry, contributing to new classical music since early in his career. He writes orchestral music, and has done numerous commissions which have been played around the world. He released a classical music album entitled “Instruments of Change” and he also worked on the soundtrack of the film “Three Seasons’ utilizing a lot of Asian instruments, and for which won awards at the Sundance Film Festival. He’s also written numerous articles on music, and the state of the industry.

For his personal life, in his mid-30s he was married to Deborah for two years, but discloses no other information. It is known that Lanier is part of numerous advisory boards, including the Board of Medical Media Systems, Microdisplay Corporation, and NY3D. He also founded the National Tele-Immersion Initiative, which aims to develop computer technology to help people separated by great distances get an illusion that they are physically together.

Quick Facts

Birth date: May 3, 1960
Birth place: New York City, New York, U.S.
Profession:Writer
Education:New Mexico State University
Nationality:American
Movies:The Third Wave
Books:Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality, Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality, Who Owns the Future?, You Are Not a Gadget, Fate of Power the Air Exp, Truth, Technology, and the Visual/virtual World
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1A briliant mathematician, computer science, and composer who was the first to theorize about--and coined the term--virtual reality.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Brown dreadlocks


Quotes

#Quote
1The people who describe themselves as transhumanists in Silicon Valley and think that humanity's about to end still have children of their own and go about their days. So it's not real; it's sort of a theatre. So you might say,'Well, why not just enjoy it as theatre, then? Why not just accept it as a sort of weird science-fiction kind of performance art?' And it can be that. But the problem with it is that it serves as a sort of way of framing less extreme things that are happening, which are actually destroying people's lives more slowly.
2The problem is not that the big computer will kill everybody. The real problem is that all the wealth will end up with the people who own the biggest computers. That's the trend we've moving towards. So the problem is not mass genocide, even though if you take them at their word, it seems to be what they're saying. The real problem is mass poverty.


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Filmography

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Third Wave2007Documentary

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Three Seasons1999performer: "Temple Breath", "Three Seasons"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Minority Report2002thanks: assistance

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 78 Project Movie2014DocumentaryHimself
The Colbert Report2014TV SeriesHimself
Book TV2013TV SeriesHimself
Google and the World Brain2013DocumentaryHimself - Virtual Reality Pioneer and Author
Un monde sans humains?2012TV Movie documentary
Welcome to the Machine2012Video documentaryHimself
Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia2010DocumentaryHimself
Rage Against the Machines2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Future Fantastic1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Synthetic Pleasures1995Documentary
Computerbilleder - udfordring til virkeligheden1992TV Movie documentaryHimself - VPL Research, Inc.
Horizon1991TV Series documentaryHimself
Gutenberg in the Cyberstorm2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest

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