Topics covered: Who's doing the heavy lifting of creating the future? Imagination the greets tragedy and boon of human nature. Science one of the four great pillars that freed us from the "Great Delusion" A contrarian on immortality...
On MTV's interview, David Brin discusses uplift: why haven't more Earth species self-uplifted naturally to full sapeince? With dolphins and apes clustered at a similar level, and with crows, parrots, sea lions ... even prairie dogs ... not far behind, is there a sentience "glass ceiling" that stymies bright creatures, for some unknown reason? And, if so, why did we smash through so hard and far and fast? Here's an even bigger question. Is it then our duty and obligation - now that we have the tools of science - to turn around and offer other "pre-sapient" species a helping hand? Or would that be horrible hubris?
SF author, futurist, and contrarian, David Brin speaks to C-Realm about his new novel, Existence: the need to balance a sober view of the challenges human civilization faces as we transition from smart animals into beings who must learn to wield god-like powers, a particularly challenging proposition given our tendency toward self-deception, factionalism, and righteous indignation. David champions reciprocal accountability, our genius for compromise, and the idea of becoming good ancestors.
According to Brin, reciprocal accountability, which is the ability for people to look back at the government and hold it accountable, is key to minimizing undesirable effects and behaviors. Brin goes on to discuss the benefits of a more pragmatic approach to transparency as opposed to immediate and radical transparency like WikiLeaks. Interview with Jerry Brito on Surprisingly Free.
We are in a race to cross a very dangerous zone, between where we are and where our grandchildren may be. Will they will know how to manage the planet? How to expend beyond the planet? How to stay calm? How to argue in a fare and decent way, bypassing politics? this isn't a vast utopia, it is just us, much more reasonable, having raised better grandchildren. in order to get there, we have to get past all these pifalls. We have already got past the one called the nuclear war, it is pretty impressive. There are so many others along the next twenty, thirty years, that is our job. And if we make it,we might be the fist intelligent life form to make it.
David Brin has been writing about crowds and their impact on society for decades. He is a prolific author of hard science fiction and non-fiction. He joins me on Funding the Dream to talk about the battle going on in our society of the idea that crowds can make smart decisions for society. A perfect topic that ties into Kickstarter and its impact on the markets it touches.
An interview on Mythbehaving...about science fiction, dystopias, augmented humans, science, movies, advice-for-writers, clues to piercing propaganda and so much more!
David Brin on science fiction: “There is a distinction to be made between a science fiction story or dystopian or post-apocalyptic…that is trying to actually address an issue that hasn’t really been addressed in quite this way before…”
Writer and futurist David Brin aruges for the academic validity of science fiction, as the literature best suited to expanding out horizons while explorng solutions to society's most pressing problems.
What’s the point of thinking? Brin sees the future as a pressing threat, and Existence speculates that the reason we don’t see evidence of life on other planets is that no species survives its technological adolescence. The solution? We need to be smarter than our parents and work to give our kids the tools to be smarter than we are. In the book, the ultimate hope comes from a concerted effort to develop and diversify the coalition of Earth’s intelligent life, to make “humanity” encompass more than just the biological humans that we currently are.
In episode 183 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author David Brin. About David: David Brin is a scientist, best-selling author and tech-futurist. His novels include Earth, The Postman, Existence and The Uplift War. Here, David discusses science fiction's exploration of the future, by presenting gedankenexperiments, or thought experiments, as well as the notion of self-preventing prohecies.
Interview on NPR with: WILLIAM GIBSON author of Neuromancer, Mona Lisa Overdrive and Virtual Light. DAVID BRIN astronomer, professor and author of Foundation's Triumph, Infinity's Shore, and The Postman.
If you want to test your ability as a writer, to keep the action and interest and intellect...and empathy all going at the same time, while building a world and dealing with ideas and issues -- I think you're pretty much behooved to write science fiction. We science fiction authors, we poke at the universe using these prefrontal lobes...and we know that this is the seat of the thought experiment. As a futurist, it's job to stimulate these front lobes...that the Bible may have referenced as Moses having lamps on his brow...
Science and technology are converging to change the global game; and nowhere is that change more clear than in the words of scientist and futurist David Brin, one of our best science fiction writers, and the work of Paul Rosenbloom, a lead researcher on artificial intelligence. From Isaac Asimov to Brin's new novel, "Existence," science fiction has often looked at whether AI will outpace the human brain and lead us into a brave new world, or has it already? In this premiere edition of our series, “NEXT: People | Science | Tomorrow,“ Brin and Rosenbloom join host Mat Kaplan in the Crawford Family Forum to talk about our cyber future. Will humanity survive and even thrive when the Singularity arrives?
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