I finally got around to listening to a podcast of Jaron Lanier chatting with Andrew Keen. Jaron speaks about the theory and practice of virtual reality (an expression he coined), Second Life (to whom he serves as a science advisor), his recent essay Digital Maoism and Artificial Intelligence (AI). If you are hearing Jaron’s name for the first time I recommend tuning into some of his ideas shared on his website. He is one of the great thinkers of our time and like many of his predecessors embraces both the arts and sciences. While I do not always share his world view I am always the wiser for having taken the time to listen to what Jaron has to say.