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David Brin
Works at Futurist, Scientist, Author: The Postman, Startide Rising, Earth, Existence
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My midweek posting sheds light on at least a dozen implications of the Iowa caucuses that (I promise) you've seen mentioned nowhere else, on any medium. Like Ted Cruz's real plan, and what trick Donald Trump neglected, because of pride. Why did Paul Krugman tout "uplift"? And why "radical" solutions are never best implemented by Radicals.

Why did the GOP lords appoint Nikki Haley to answer POTUS's SOTU speech? And I review an essay that unveils "8 reasons for Trumpism." Some of them clear and strong, but the writer misses several much bigger ones.

Am I a credentialed pundit? Well, marginally. Do I offer different insights? As Sarah Palin would put it -- "You betcha."

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/02/iowa-inanity-sotu-and-political-games.html

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Sanders has spent 32 years engaged in pragmatic, incremental progress towards his ideals.
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Wow. An utterly fine review by noted blogger-on-SF Brad K. Horner of my new short story collection INSISTENCE OF VISION.  Here's the sort of perceptive reader for whom I want to write more.  Have a look at what he says about this breakthrough volume.  And note: it's discounted for pre-orders!

http://danrymes.blogspot.ca/2016/01/insistence-of-vision-by-david-brin-my.html

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/01/insistence-of-vision-and-other-forward.html
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Never saw this before, a cool syllabus for a course at Brown on "Computers and Human Values" in which students a decade ago were asked to compare me and Nicholas Negroponte and Karl Marx! 
http://cs.brown.edu/courses/cs009/01/2005/
Computers and Human Values (CS009-01). A First-Year Seminar at Brown University Department of Computer Science, Fall 2005. Roger B. Blumberg (rbb@cs.brown.edu). http://www.cs.brown.edu/courses/cs009/01/2005/ Last and Final Update: December 15, 2005. Course Outline: Fall 2005 || Fall 2004 Course ...
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+Mike DeSimone I disagree.
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Big news for Science Fiction lovers. The wait is over. You can pre-order INSISTENCE OF VISION, my third and best short story collection, Including a recent tale that's included in many best-of-2015 anthologies. Find here details about amazing stories -- plus how to get a pre-order discount! Also in this posting, peeks at some other books coming out soon, whose authors have done great at exploring the future.

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Good luck with the rollout, Mr. Brin.
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Slate has jumped the shark by claiming "Donald Trump Will Make You Root for the Saudi Royal Family" -- because Trump pointed out that Fox News is co-owned and content-driven by the Saudis.  Ridiculous!  Trump may be saying outrageous things, but he has never harmed me. While the Saudis have carefully and deliberately financed the re-igniting of the American Civil War and their Fox-Madrassa has lobotomized 1/3 of my neighbors into zombiehood.

Mind you, I do believe Prince Alaweed that the pic with Megyn Kelley was photoshopped.  She would not meet with him bare-shouldered. It shows how dumb Trump's tweet-person is. Still, his feud with Fox is the most hopeful thing to happen to American Conservatism since Ronald Reagan. To be clear, EVERY thing you are told by Fox is - at one level or another - a lie intended to ruin you as a functioning US citizen.

They mean us harm.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/01/28/saudi_prince_is_not_amused_by_donald_trump_s_itchy_retweet_finger.html
It takes a lot to get us to root for the Saudi Royal Family. In fact, it takes Donald Trump. The GOP frontrunner’s itchy retweet finger today found it ...
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A false dilemma. I can loathe both Trump and Fox News independently of each other. I can also loathe someone even if they've never done something to me personally.
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My midweek posting is about plummeting oil prices, skyrocketing sustainables and how the hottest year in human history - 2014 - just ceded that "honor" to 2015. In other words, the fact-verdicts are in. And maybe it's time to let the "truthy" habit give way to... truth.

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Ho. Implants. Create Cyborgs. Hum. Yes. That's fine. We can offer invalids of war the possibility of cyborgs for missions in the moons of Jupiter. They could create new colonies. Nowhere else to escape if the planet is going down the drain. Colonies on Mars.
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Post-Iowa Notes: NYT Nobelist economist Paul Krugman highlights ‘uplift’ in his analysis of the Iowa returns. His point being that we should choose to be more ambitious -- the one core thought that Bernie Sanders has contributed. Can we ‘uplift’ our society, our civilization? The American public mood is addicted to downer memes, despite every statistical metric having improved. While science fiction is filled with many negative stories, it is the one medium where perhaps 10% of the time, we see real optimism and hope.
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/02/02/post-iowa-notes/

The problems of being a realist.
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+Wade R. You know, there is this saying: If you have to say 'I am the king!', then you are no longer the king. Same is true for scientific authorities. If you really know the stuff you claim, then there are no shortcuts. You'll just prove what you believe is correct. Like everybody else.

But if you are an authority, that will be easier for you. If it is not, then maybe you aren't as learned as you believe.
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My answer on Quora to What constraints to AI and machine learning algorithms are needed to prevent AI from becoming a dystopian threat?


David Brin's answer: It is, of course, wise and beneficial to peer ahead for potential dangers and problems -- one of the central tasks of high-end science fiction. Alas, detecting that a danger lurks is easier than prescribing solutions that can prevent it. Take the plausibility of malignant AI...
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+Presley Perswain This goes back, for me, to a very old (and inspiring) article I read as a kid in Scientific American (back when it was good) about "Tit for Tat".  Ah, and here's the article! http://www2.econ.iastate.edu/tesfatsi/AxelrodComputerTournaments.ExcerptsFromHofstadterSciAmArticle.1983.pdf

Changed very much the way I thought about cooperation.

(And I now see it was written by Douglas Hoffstadter!  That insane thinker that is a delight to read, but is like holding a bar of soap in understanding what he's trying to say. :) )
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Those who insist we should have made no deal with Iran, but instead rattle sabers to drive average Iranians into the mullahs’ arms… these voices were the ones who screeched when Henry Kissinger went to Mao’s China, in 1971.  In some cases the VERY same voices. Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger were savvy enough to see how stupid a situation we were in, to abide a triangle that favored the Soviets, with us hating on both the USSR and China and the Sovs getting to hold center position.  Kissinger arranged a judo move in which WE became the ones talking to both sides and playing them off each other.  

http://china.usc.edu/getting-beijing-henry-kissingers-secret-1971-trip

Now? “Feckless” Obama has just pulled a Nixon by opening up better relations with Iran, allowing us to take that favorable position, playing Iran against Saudia. It is obviously and blatantly the smart thing to do… once we coerced Iran to eliminate 25 tons of enriched uranium and to pour concrete into its plutonium reactor. And accept strong inspections.

But witness the Fox’ism as one commenter decried the comparison:  “We have not exchanged embassies with Iran. Their leaders will not stop calling us the devil. Obama has not gone to Iran. What have we gained the ability to threaten the Saudis with?”

To which I reply that foxisms are drivel. We do not need an embassy if two million Iranian expatriates start investing in their homeland, using economic leverage to help Rouhani and undermine the Guards, who are screaming in terror over that.  We are still at the Kissinger phase, fool. And Mao called us devils till the day he died… while working with the US to scare the crap out of the Russkies.

“Feckless” Obama “lost Crimea”… after stealing the entire Ukraine from the Russian sphere of influence, the biggest expansion of the West since the end of the Cold War. Russian media and Putin himself lay that “disaster” right at the feet of the man they call "aggressively clever" and anything but “feckless.”

The entire US military is back at 100% readiness, even the reserves, after plummeting to 0% (for major US Army and Marine and Reserve units) at the end of both Bush administrations. While casualty rates among servicemen/women have plummeted and Defense modernization is at its fastest pace ever. And every metric of US national health has gone up -- and almost every one plummeted across both Bushes.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/06/so-do-outcomes-matter-more-than-rhetoric.html

And… oh… yeah.  Obama killed Osama bin Laden.  Did you think we’ll let you forget that?  Never, b******s.
A documentary history of US efforts under Richard Nixon to open discussions with Chinese leaders, an effort that yielded Kissinger's trip forty years ago this month.
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+Jeff Green Only the truly meritorious and discerning can appreciate the ineffible qualities of the Emperor's new clothes.
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The first issue of the peer-reviewed, open-access Journal of Science Fiction is up! Check it out and let us know what you think.
 http://ow.ly/XBTZ1

Also from the folks building toward the new Museum of Science Fiction — Science fiction is the story of humanity: who we were, who we are, and who we dream to be. https://lnkd.in/empzFrV
MOSF Journal of Science Fiction
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What's interesting is that the artist's description of the museum visited the Brooklyn Public Library for a long time. Amazing views of the ships who made us dream.
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Researchers placed Antarctic deep-rock fungi in 1.4 cm wide cells on a space station platform called EXPOSE-E, which simulated Mars and extreme space conditions. A large fraction of the spores came active after a year of exposure.

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3421684/Life-exist-Mars-Antarctic-fungi-survives-Martian-conditions-strapped-outside-space-station.html#ixzz3ybrWlAO3
After a year-and-a-half long voyage aboard the International Space Station, a group of fungi collected from Antarctica has proven its ability to withstand harsh, Mars-like conditions.
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+Roy Adams Just as an aside, my experience from other fields reminds me that specifying any particular technology is a way to guarantee that a rule will become obsolete as the available technology changes. Letting NASA's individual programs determine how to meet their specific 'surface biological burden levels' is a smart way to reduce costs and efforts when you can't even know ahead of time what sorts of materials you need to make sterile.

And thanks for looking up those documents. They've made for an interesting read even for lurkers.
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Books that top US college students are required to read: The Transparent Society ranks 6th at Brown! Just below... Karl Marx. Interesting. One of my recent stories features Providence. Still, does anyone know which professor(s) at Brown are assigning it? Nice to know there are intellects out there with great taste.

http://qz.com/602956/these-are-the-books-students-at-the-top-us-colleges-are-required-to-read/

From a new collection of more than 1 million college syllabi.
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The women writers on the lists can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
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Scientist, Author, Futurist, Public speaker: David Brin’s novels have been translated into more than twenty languages, including NY Times Best-sellers that have won Hugo and Nebula awards. His latest, Existence, looks at the threats facing us forty years in the future. His 1989 thriller, Earth, foreshadowed cyber-warfare, the Web, and global warming. A 1998 Kevin Costner film was loosely adapted from the post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman. The Uplift novels, including Startide Rising, and The Uplift War consider a future where humans raise animals to sentient levels. Foundation's Triumph brought a grand finale to Isaac Asimov's famed Foundation Universe. 

Brin is also a scientist and futurist who appears frequently on television ("Life After People," "The Universe," "the Architechs") discussing topics as diverse as surveillance technology, astronomy, SETI, nanotechnology and national defense. His non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- won the 2000 Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association

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