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David Brin’s novels have been translated into more than twenty languages, including New York Times Best-sellers that won Hugo and Nebula awards. His 1989 ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed cyberwarfare, the World Wide Web, global warming and Gulf Coast flooding. A 1998 Kevin Costner film was loosely adapted from his post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman.
Brin is a noted scientist, futurist and speaker who appears frequently on television (Life After People, The Universe), discussing trends in the near and far future, on subjects such as surveillance, technology, astronomy, and SETI. His non-fiction book, The Transparent Society, deals with issues of openness and security in the wired-age.
David Brin web site: http://www.davidbrin.com
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For a while, I gladly put politics aside -- except for an unusual way out to solve the Great Big Battle over Guns.
Alas, now I feel behooved to weigh in again, as liberals and conservatives commence another thrashing match... and both sides get it wrong.
The newest fury involves a pr… Read full post »
The Defense Department wants new computer tools to analyze mounds of unstructured text, blogs and tweets as part of a coordinated push to help military analysts predict the future and make decisions faster. The search is part of the Office of Naval Research's "Data to Decisions" program, a serie/… Read full post »
I had considerably more transparency-related news than could fit in one posting. So now let's get into a series of micro-snapshots of this most-important front in the fight for tomorrow.
First: we failed to generate the needed 25,000 signatures for a petition at Whitehouse.gov requesting the Oba… Read full post »
== Bank Secrecy 'ending' at last? ==
"Bank secrecy is essentially eroding before our eyes," says a recent NPR article. "I think the combination of the fear factor that has kicked in for not only Americans with money offshore, countries that don't want to be on the wrong side of this issue a… Read full post »
This somewhat autobiographical missive was sparked by recent research that confirms something long suspected -- our civilization dodged a bullet a while back. A bullet made of lead. We dodged it thanks to science, open argument, the power of dramatically-conveyed evidence...
... plus a fasc… Read full post »
Celebrate National Science Fiction Day (January 2, also Isaac Asimov's birthday) by re-committing yourself to live in the future. Start with this cool little spiel by Ed Finn on Slate. Then help make it a real holiday.
And in that spirit...
=== Onward to innovation!… Read full post »
One outgrowth of DARPA's 100 year Starship project has been serious attention to certain potential FTL (faster than light) drives that might open access to the galaxy. One that gained a sudden burst of attention (and some slim support from NASA) is described at io9 by George Dvorsky, though it's/… Read full post »
A fascinating end of the year... and the b'ak'tun...
We just returned from a 7-day "Not the End of the World" Caribbean cruise (our first cruise ever) featuring speeches and seminars by an astronaut, a Mayan expert, several scientists, Hollywood's Kevin Grazier and Andre Bourmanis, an/… Read full post »
Here’s a classic piece about the future, written way back in the early nineties, when the web was new and when pioneers like former JPL director Bruce Murray were trying out these new conversational methods utilizing a brand new breakthrough called the “world wide web.” /… Read full post »
"Current copyright law does not merely distort some markets -- rather it destroys entire markets." So reads the final line of a report released by the Republican Study Committee of the House of Representatives that is highly critical of current copyright law.
== Are Patents and copyrights Inhere… Read full post »
A United Nations summit has adopted confidential recommendations proposed by China that will help network providers target BitTorrent uploaders, detect trading of copyrighted MP3 files, and, critics say, accelerate Internet censorship in repressive nations. Approval by the U.N.'s Internatio/… Read full post »
"Self-awareness is probably over-rated. A complex self-regulating system probably doesn't need it in order to be successful or even smart." --Earth
Ah, but the future used to be so cool! Some of us old timers recall the Sunday newspaper comic "Our New Age", a shining example of techno-utopian idealism written by Dr. Athelstan Spilhaus between 1958 and 1975. Spilhaus, a distinguished academic whom JFK appointed to help run Worlds' Fairs, re/… Read full post »
This is an open message to all incoming Representatives, Senators, state and federal officials.* If you know any folks who fit that description, pass this warning on to them!
First, congratulations on your achievement, drawing enough votes to be deemed the lawful delegate of your state or distri/… Read full post »
You don't have to be reminded. Forward looking folks know this time of year is when we re-assess our annual donations and ways to help tilt the scales toward a more favorable tomorrow. But is there an aspect of ultimate self-interest?
Consider. What criteria will future generations use, whe/… Read full post »
"It's not true that we can't solve big problems through technology; we can. We must. But all these elements must be present: political leaders and the public must care to solve a problem, our institutions must support its solution, it must really be a technological problem, and we must understand it,… Read full post »
And now the news from Alpha Centauri…
Oh, I’ve waited for so long to utter those words! News. From Alpha Centauri…
After an incredible decade, in which the number of planets known beyond our solar system increased from zero to several hundred, with a coupl/… Read full post »
First a pair of announcements:
* I'll be in Los Angeles to help politicians, movie stars, family members and writers dedicate Ray Bradbury Square at 2pm on December 6.
Gerrymandering - I appraised it back when most blue and Red states shared equally in this crime against democracy. Now, big changes are afoot, at long last, and reform has veered in unexpected ways. Prepare for several surprises.
First a little background. Post-election, sh… Read full post »
The Exoplanet next door: Astronomers have discovered the lowest-mass planet yet orbiting a Sun-like star. But the even-more exciting news is that it orbits α Centauri B, a member of the stellar system that is our Solar System’s nearest neighbour. Although nearly identi/… Read full post »
With the 2012 elections over and a political landscape remade, the stage is set for our next U.S. drama, a tussle over how to prevent the budget and economy from tumbling over a "fiscal cliff." From the tone of preliminary discussions, it's looking hopeful that all parties (save a few Tea… Read full post »
Gordon Krantz was a survivor -- a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war. Fate touches him one chill winter's day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker. The old uniform still has power as a sy/… Read full post »
While I am relieved to have the U.S. election behind us, I'll be disengaging from politics in stages. As a contrarian gadfly, I'm expected to toss some unusual, off-angle suggestions at both winners and losers.
But first... a mere tad of gloating, plus some riffs about libertarians, marijuana, g… Read full post »
My last official campaign entry "Election 2012: What's the fundamental issue?" is still posted below. But it seems I must do one more.
You see... I'm worried about Pennsylvania. Mitt Romney just campaigned there and many in the press wondered why? Why take time from crucia/… Read full post »
We'll conclude this election season with some hard-hitting facts and a bit of entertaining polemic... followed by an appeal for us all return to the sci fi mentality of optimism and rising above petty squabbles. Because we all should - along with our civilization - go "back to the future."
Me?… Read full post »