Trials Of A Cyber Celebrity

Jaron Lanier is sitting in a Chinese restaurant in Foster City, Calif., and people are staring. Unabashedly. Lanier is one of Silicon Valley's most illustrious sons. He pioneered a technology that Vice-President Al Gore has publicly endorsed as a national competitive tool. But fame is not the issue here. People gawk at him because of how he looks. Bigfoot comes to mind.

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