Nine Inch Lynch
Jaron Lanier, the Wizard of Zeitgeist, on the other side of euphoria
For every burst of euphoric optimism, there comes a necessary correction, a practical resolving of markets, so to speak. For Jack Kerouac’s On the Road there was Big Sur, and for multiple generations since there has come an adulthood.
Pioneering Cyber-voice, Jaron Lanier, speaks sagely and without irony about how early digital promises failed to materialize, while others defied all expectation. In the process, he presents an interesting definition of democracy: It is the countering mirror image of biology. It’s the thing that compensates for us as we really are in order to allow us to act better than we otherwise would.
“Cymatics is like a magical tool that unveils the substance of things not seen. Sound does have form, and you can see that sound can affect matter and cause form in matter,” Pörksen tells Co.Design. “So maybe in the beginning there was sound, which shaped all matter. Indeed, we think sound has a fundamental influence on the formation of the universe itself.”
Another in the series, “You cannot not Communicate”.