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Jaron Lanier and Eric Drexler on Technology and the Future, the Influence of Eric Fromm, Nathaniel Philbrick on Bunker Hill

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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Jaron Lanier, who has been called the father of virtual reality, explains how technology continues to transform our culture. We’ll look at the life of philosopher Erich Fromm, who wrote about both political and personal relationships and was a major founder of Amnesty International. Nathaniel Philbrick talks about how the Battle of Bunker Hill ignited the American Revolution. Eric Drexler, the founding father of nanotechnology, discusses the future of that science.

Jaron Lanier Asks Who Owns the Future?

Jaron Lanier, the father of virtual reality and one of the most influential thinkers of our time, examines the effects network technologies have had on our economy. In his new book Who Owns the Future? he asserts that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class. He looks at why and charts the path toward a new information economy that will stabilize the middle class and allow it to grow.

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The Lives of Erich Fromm

Lawrence J. Friedman talks about Erich Fromm, a political activist, psychologist, psychoanalyst, philosopher, and one of the most important intellectuals of the 20th century. The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love’s Prophet, is the first study of Fromm's influences and achievements, and revisits his most important works.

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Nathaniel Philbrick on Bunker Hill

Nathaniel Philbrick tells the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution, the Battle of Bunker Hill, the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists. In his book Bunker Hill: A City, a Seige, a Revolution, Philbrick brings a fresh perspective to every aspect of the story of the battle that led to the Revolution.

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How Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization

K. Eric Drexler, the founding father of nanotechnology talks about the rapid scientific progress that is about to change our world. In Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization he explains that the result will shake the very foundations of our economy and environment.

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