March 19, 2009

David Brin guest blogging here next week

Science fiction writer, scientist and renowned futurist David Brin will be guest blogging here on Sentient Developments next week.

Brin is a best-selling author whose future-oriented novels include Earth and Hugo Award winners Startide Rising and The Uplift War (a part of the Uplift Series -- and yes, he coined the term).

He is also known as a leading commentator on modern technological trends. His non-fiction book, The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us To Choose Between Privacy And Freedom?, won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association. Brin consults and speaks for a wide variety of groups interested in the future, ranging from Defense Department agencies and the CIA to Procter & Gamble, Google and other major corporations. He has also been a participant in discussions at the Philanthropy Roundtable and other groups seeking innovative problem solving approaches.

There's a lot of simpatico between Brin's work and my own, so his contributions will be right at home here. David will be writing about biological uplift, the Singularity, Active SETI (messages to extraterrestrial intelligences), and how a transparent society might work to help us mitigate catastrophic risks.

You can follow David's blog at Contrary Brin. Be sure to check out his home page.


Unknown said...

My favorite transhumanist blogger and one of my favorite SF writers are going to blog about one of my favorite subjects.

How much better can the Internet get?
Was I uploaded and living in a custom reality?

Mac said...

I'm not as up on my Brin as I should be. I've read "Earth" and "Sundiver." "Kiln People" looks intriguing, so that might be next up.

dharmicmel said...

I am looking forward to David Brin guest blogging Sentient Developments; I have read a number of his books, of which, Startide Rising blew me away; some folks think that science fiction does not provide for a very good background with which to extrapolate on society and its issues, but I think David Brin, among others, shows the fallacy of such thinking; he is a significant thinker and writer