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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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The difficulty of maintaining a civilization of empowered citizenship -- the "diamond-shaped social structure" about which I often speak -- was well described by the famous historians Will and Ariel Durant, in The Lessons of History.
"…the unstable equilibrium generates a cri/… Read full post »
For a decade and more, I have pointed out that Republican members of the Senate and House do not work very hard. Completely apart from issues of fanaticism or craziness or left-versus-right, there is the quantifiable matter of work ethic. Take for example this item that's much in the/… Read full post »
Bitcoin is very much in the news. In fact, recent headlines -- that the Bitcoin system has experienced a fair number of "heists" lately, combined with the Chinese government's decision to ban banks from trading in the ephemeral digital currency -- combine to make this the topic of the/… Read full post »
Ah… and so we return to the perennial topic that this astrophysicist never would have expected to stand at the center-of. How we should deal with an increasingly information-rich world.
== A Transparency Riff Worth Reading ==
Evgeny Morozov's fascinating rumination in MIT's Technology Review o/… Read full post »
It's the season when many of us sit down and discuss the year's allocations for helping the world… call it giving, tithing, donating, or just joining others in making a better world for our grandchildren, or, as Jonas Salk described our basic duty -- "to be good ancestors."
For those wh… Read full post »
Following up on my previous posting, about the rationalizations of the new aristocracy, this time I plan to reveal to you a pernicious trend among some of society's best and brightest. But first, will you indulge me with a riff of background?
== Can Silicon Valley lead us to "exit" the nation state? =
In this video, techno-utopian Balaji Srinivasan, the co-founder of Counsyl, a genetic company that does DNA testing, cites Silicon Valley’s disruptive effects on newspapers and the music industry and compares this to the crea/… Read full post »
Here is my personal posting of the article that Salon recently featured, on how U.S. citizens might, one at a time and each of us, strike a blow against the worst political criminals since the American Civil War, neutralizing (if not ending) a travesty that has long been banned in most civilized/… Read full post »
Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard University, is a historian and author of “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War.” In her recent article - 150 Years after the Gettysburg Address, Is government by the people in trouble? - Dr. Faust offe/… Read full post »
Here and there, we see glimmers of some folks out there starting to get it. What this era is about. What it needs.
The European, a top policy journal, ran one of my best summaries of the argument for a Transparent Society - one in which we are all empowered to see and to hold accountable those who might harm us. I argue that this is the only way we can possibly defend freedom, safety, science, just/… Read full post »
I've said it before and must (alas) repeat it ad nauseam. Many of our modern struggles -- in the U.S. and across advanced societies -- could be altered if both sides actually (for the first time) read Adam Smith. The left would learn that he was not the viciously cruel exp/… Read full post »
The biggest news is, of course, the ongoing hemorrhage of secrets from the Puzzle Palace… or the National Security Agency (NSA), as now the heads of at least six allied governments are standing in line to give Uncle Sam -- or President Obama -- a smack or two for peeping and… Read full post »
As I prepare to speak to the European Union's Horizon 2020 Congress in Vilnius, Lithuania, on November 6, here is an interview that I gave to one of the major European journals covering the event:
- 1. You are a science fiction writer and in the past you had a chance to consult some … Read full post »
Here is yet more news that shatters the cynical incantations and pat nostrums of both the right and the left. In April, the Development Committee of the World Bank set the goal of ending extreme poverty worldwide by the year 2030. Does that sound naive and delusionally utopian?&/… Read full post »
First, a useful announcement: The Next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for October 26, 2013. One or more of your local pharmacies will likely accept your old pharmaceuticals free, no questions. It disposes of them safely and keeps them out of landfills or s/… Read full post »
Biohackers constructed their temple for amatuer bio-creativity in 2009, with the establishment of Brooklyn-based Genspace, the world's first government-compliant DIY biotech lab.
As Casey Research commentator Doug Hornig put it in Biohackers, Our Next Computer Revolution or Global Catastrop… Read full post »
We watched Alfonso Cuarón's new film Gravity yesterday and enjoyed it immensely. Fantastic to watch -- especially in 3-D -- tensely edited and that rare combination, a vivid action flick that is also an actor's movie. Sandra Bullock took us by the throat and gut and held on.
Before I get to my forecast of how the Great Big US Government Shut-Down of 2013 will end... let's start with this surprising commentary. Yipe. The following is from Fox News. It is harsh, factual, on-target... and did I mention it's from Fox, of all places? Could Rupert be asking "what have/… Read full post »
While Americans await the recoil of their government's impending shut-down, I recommend, for light reading/listening, Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, especially the last sentence, which is a tonic for those who have been taught the koolaid mantra that "all government is vile, all the/… Read full post »
== Dare we dream of a world free of poverty by 2030? ==
In this interview, ex imam Ahmed Akkari, one of the main denouncing voices during the 2005 crisis about Denmark Mohammed cartoons, explains how study of enlightenment thinkers lead to reconsidering his stances on freedom of expression and s/… Read full post »
Face Recognition has arrived. Smile. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is working on the Biometric Optical Surveillance System (BOSS) allowing authorities to identify individuals by their faces from street cams, driver’s license photos, mug shots or other images. As G/… Read full post »
Top news... if it proves out... The amplituhedron, a jewel-like geometric object at the heart of quantum physics: As a physicist, I find this one of the most exciting advances (again, if true) in quite a while. Einstein said something like "follow the elegance" and if this is true, then it/… Read full post »
== Those helping feudalism return - unwittingly ==
R.J. Eskow - on Salon - offers "11 Questions to see if Libertarians are Hypocrites." And yes, most of Eskow's posers certainly do set up some stark and thought-provoking contradictions - even hypocrisies - in the oft-touted positions held by ma/… Read full post »
Will the consequences of human-generated climate change be worse than expected? That is the dire forecast according to an article covering severall ways that the IPCC reports have been -- if anything -- too conservative by far. Interestingly, this insight is being circulated by/… Read full post »