Is your smart speaker listening to your conversations? Is Google reading your emails? Jaron Lanier, the author of the international bestsellers “You Are Not a Gadget” and “Who Owns the Future?” touches on these topics and more when he recently joined Roxanne to discuss his latest book, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.
The Virtual Reality pioneer and founder of VPL Research (the first company to sell VR goggles and gloves) finds that social media fosters addiction, and generally makes us feel worse and fearful about each other and the world.
So, should we say goodbye to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter? While Lanier believes it should be a personal decision, he does warn, “because these things are so sneaky, a lot of people confuse their addiction with an actual benefit.”
Books in this episode:
I and Thou by Martin Buber
Knowledge of Man by Martin Buber