The Distinguished Author Series Continues with Jaron Lanier

Computer Scientist, Futurist & Author Will Speak
on Wednesday, April 28


The Distinguished Author Series brings together great authors who spark new thoughts, ideas and deep discussions. This spring, the Santa Clara County Library District presents different authors to explore topics, including the biology of stress and related diseases, the impact of technology on present lives and the future, and immigration.

Following the success of our first event with Stanford Professor Dr. Robert Sapolsky, we invite people to hear from Jaron Lanier. This computer scientist, composter, futurist and author has written on topics including high-technology business, the social impact of technology and the future of humanism. Lanier has been on the cusp of technical innovation from its infancy to the present, and was a pioneer of virtual reality (a term he coined!). Lanier was recently featured in the Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma (2020).

Notable works include Who Owns the Future? (2013) and Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now (2018).

This discussion will be moderated by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, who is a champion of individuals’ privacy and data security. Simitian has worked on legislation regarding data breach disclosure and notifications, online privacy protection and telephone record protection.

WHO: Santa Clara County Library District, Jaron Lanier, Supervisor Joe Simitian
WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, April 28                    Virtual Event
7 p.m.                                              Register:

The Santa Clara County Library District is committed to bringing free quality programming that is engaging, informational and entertaining. The Distinguished Author Series is an example of the outstanding programs the Library provides to the community.

This event is free, virtual, and open to the public. Advanced registration is required.  There will be Q&A with the author following the event.

Learn more about the Distinguished Author Series at

SCCLD would like to thank the Cupertino Library Foundation, Los Altos Library Endowment, Friends of the Milpitas Library, and the Saratoga Friends of the Libraries for their generosity and support.