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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 question has filled pages and books, resonating across hotel bars and conferences for decades. What, exactly, is science fiction? It matters for many reasons, not least because the genre encompasses just about everything that's not limited to the mundane here and now, or a primly defi… Read full post »
What can any sensible American citizen do about the present political climate? (Wait... not "climate." Let's use a less divisively fraught word. "Environment?" Aw hell.)
Rebuilding an optimistic, pragmatic, problem-solving, scientific, brave and world-valuable United States will be hard. The… Read full post »
So many things to remark-upon, from the recent summit conference about a coming "Singularity," to the conclusion of the Iraq and Libya wars, to the critical issues raised by Occupy Wall Street... and the prospects for banking transparency in the light of Moammar Ghaddafi's stolen $200 billions....… Read full post »
All right... this one put me into fill-tilt, bellowing rant mode! It's a reaction to one of those email circulars that our crazy uncles keep sending us - you know the kind, offering vast, sweeping, counter-factual assertions in lieu of evidence, logic or even common sense, all in… Read full post »
“A relentless addiction to indignation may be one of the chief drivers of obstinate dogmatism and possibly the ultimate propellant behind the current culture war."
Forget "left-versus-right." Or even arguments over taxes. The centerpiece of our current Phase Three of the American Civil War is the all-out campaign to discredit science.
A recent research paper resurrects the idea of "security by obscurity." A notion I've been fighting for decades. (e.g. in The Transparent Society). The basic idea is that you will better thrive by hiding information from your foes/competitors/rivals, even if this accelerates an arms race… Read full post »
Steve Jobs had a knack for seeing the adult in a child, the grownup product that an infant idea could grow up and become. Looking at the toy computers that hobbyists soldered in their 1970s garages, he envisioned people like you and me wanting vastly more capable… Read full post »
= Licensing Journalists: public protection or guild protection?
After its crushing defeat in the last election, Britain's Labour Party is heaping on bad ideas. The latest? To license journalists via a professional body that could ban or "strike off" those who are accused of malpractice from practi… Read full post »
First an announcement: I’ll be speaking at the Singularity Summit in New York City October 15-16, along with Ray Kurzweil, Peter Thiel, Stephen Wolfram, Michael Shermer, John Mauldin, Eliezer Yudkowsky, Jason Silva and many others.
My topic: “So you want to make g… Read full post »
One aspect of our re-ignited American Civil War is getting a lot of air-play. It is so-called “class war.”
That's the tag-line ordered up by Roger Ailes. The notion: that any talk of returning to 1990s tax rates - way back when the U.S. was healthy. wealthy, vibrantly… Read full post »
Transparency and a growing web of surveillance are again in the
starting with an interview I just gave ZDNet in Britain, discussing
the recent use of streetcams to identify rioters and moving on from
there to many broader topics, comparing a world dominated by “Big Brother” to one oppr… Read full post »
Even conservatives now admit that conservatism has changed. Take the Ronald Reagan who Republican activists idolize in abstract; in real life he raised taxes, increased regulations, signed environmental laws, and (worst of all) negotiated countless compromise give-and-take, pragmatic measures i… Read full post »
== A qualified defense of reason ==
Some have been discussing a grouchy missive by the brilliant linguistic philosopher George Lakoff -- specifically Lakoff's latest dismissal of reason as a tool of enlightenment decision making. It provokes me to respond.
Lakoff is completely right that so-calle… Read full post »
We’ll have two cleanup postings. The first conveying a raft of political and social news, gleanings and/or outrages... followed by a potpourri of scientific and other wonders that remind us -- civilization is about a lot more than anger!
But first the big news. Exactly as… Read full post »
Inspired by Ayn Rand, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, along with Patri Friedman and others, are helping the SeasteadingInstitute plan a floating 'start-up country' off the coast of San Francisco -- built on oil-rig like platforms in international waters. Here residents will be able to live by Lib/… Read full post »
I have a number of coherent essays almost ready, but first let’s clear the decks with some interesting miscellany!
--Waste on a Vast Scale--
First, for a garrulous ramble that will take you from Pericles to Popper to Pluto - mostly focusing on transparency and accountability and re-learning the art of political pragmatism - here's a recent podcast interview I gave on Surprisingly Free about the future… Read full post »
A couple of interesting items from the near future, this time. But first... Does the Murdoch Hacking Scandal Signify the End of Privacy? - Scientific American interviews 'one of the world thought-leaders on transparency, whistle-blowing, hacking and our future as an "enlighten… Read full post »
Here in Southern California we just survived the "carpocalypse" - when fevered pundits proclaimed that one stretch of closed LA freeway might wreak gridlock all the way to the Mexican border. It didn't happen, because people sensibly heeded warnings. As during the so-called "Y2K Cri…
The Silicon Valley Metronews features my article “World Cyberwar And the Inevitability of Radical Transparency.” The topic is both ongoing and ever-new. I discuss how WikiLeaks ignited the first international cyber war -- and how pro-business laws enacted to promote the growt/… Read full post »
I have long held that our present American Civil War (no less than that) is a three-sided affair. There is a quiet majority who still believe in things like pragmatic problem-solving, grand ambition, chipping away at old-bad habits while pursuing technological progress and – above all &nd… Read full post »
Police are waging a futile war against camera-toting citizens. In several states, you can be arrested for filming police, even in a public place. With cameras growing ever smaller, conflicts are going to arise more and more often. There can only be one outcome. Police are just going to have to
We all need a break from time to time. Where can you turn for a bit of lighter side of science online? It's elemental: Here's a look at some of the best, totally nerdy, science-oriented online comics. Listed in no particular order, this is only a sampling of the… Read full post »
H+ Magazine put me through a great big
interview on transparency, accountability, surveillance and
sousveillance. and our chances to keep a little privacy in the
coming age of light.
An example of the "big picture" perspective is this piece I did for Thomas Kuhn's PBS series "Closer to Truth." A… Read full post »