Dateline: Vancouver, Canada
l to r: Jaron Lanier, the eminent futurist who coined the term “Virtual Reality”, & Mobilium Global Chief Executive Ralph Simon, reconnecting at the TED Conference in Vancouver. Lanier caused a stir at TED when he spoke of Facebook & Google. He said: “I can’t call these things social networks anymore. I call them behaviour modification empires. We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it’s financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them”.