Jaron Lanier starts his TEDxSF talk in San Francisco this past week by playing an instrument from Laos which originated 8,000 years ago and still has close to its original design. It’s the first human made thing that has rows of keys with an on and off. The instrument has a remarkable history across cultures and the Romans apparently stole the design as have others who have adapted its design to create other instruments around the world. He talks about how the connection between “it” and technology.”

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