You Are Not a Gadget

Jaron Lanier, the father of VR, speaks relevant prophesy.

You Are Not a Gadget

Hey Google...

...give me an overview of Jaron Lanier's magnum opus, You Are Not Gadget."

“You Are Not a Gadget” by Jaron Lanier is a critical examination of the internet and its impact on individuality.

The book serves as both a history lesson of the web’s origins and a warning of the future consequences of its current path. Lanier, a computer scientist and an original member of the Silicon Valley set, argues that the internet tends to glorify the hive-mind and devalue the individual. He warns that technology can make us less human, less unique, and more cruel.

The book illuminates the hidden design of the web and challenges the reader to consider how the internet undervalues individuality. Lanier encourages readers to fight against this trend and to maintain their humanity while taking advantage of the good that technology can do.

Hey Google...

"ChatGPT, tell me about the book in the style of Mitch Hedberg...

...Alrighty, “You Are Not a Gadget” by Jaron Lanier is like a backstage pass to the internet, man. It’s like Lanier, this computer scientist dude, is saying, “Hey, the internet might seem cool and all, but it’s got some issues.”

He’s like, “The internet is like a band that only plays one song, and that song is called ‘Hive-Mind’.” And he’s not a fan of that song. He thinks the internet is making us all play the same tune, and that’s not cool.

He’s all about individuality, like a drummer who refuses to keep time. He’s saying, “Don’t let the internet turn you into a gadget, man. You’re not a gadget, you’re a person!”

It’s deep stuff, but also super important. It’s like a wake-up call in book form.