Father of virtual reality: Facebook and Google are dangerous ‘behavior-modification empires’ resulting from a tragic mistake

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  • All of the troubles surrounding Facebook and Google can be traced back to a mistake, according to TED speaker and virtual reality visionary Jaron Lanier.
  • At this point, Lanier said, we shouldn’t call companies like Facebook social networks. “Call them behavior-modification empires.” 
  • Lanier believes the only solution is to essentially turn back the clock and remake that early fateful decision to keep the internet free.
  • He received a standing ovation from the audience, which was filled with prominent members of the Silicon Valley tech community.

VANCOUVER, Canada — Jaron Lanier, an author and programmer who is widely considered to be a founding father of virtual reality, gave one of the most provocative early talks at this year’s TED Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

During his talk, Lanier posited that all of the troubles surrounding tech giants like Facebook and Google can be traced back to a “globally tragic” mistake with roots in the late 1990s and early 2000s. 

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