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David Brin
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For this mid-week posting, let's offer up a series of interesting snippets and links... many of them thought provoking but across a wide variety of topics. Midweek filler -- some of it biting and some way-cool!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/09/midweek-filler-some-of-it-biting-and.html
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Unfortunately the future is not all that it used to be...
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Oh but will AI stay loyal?  That’s the quandary getting discussed ever-more, outside of science fiction nowadays. But here’s an interesting offshoot from that question. Will AI entities be subject to addictions?  This interesting article features experts claiming that would be “illogical.” But what are Asimov’s so-called “three laws” if not a kind of ingrained addiction process.  My brief bit in this piece answers.  “They had better be!”
http://www.hopesandfears.com/hopes/future/technology/216403-artificial-intelligence-get-high-on-drugs
We spoke to researchers at the Rensselaer AI Lab and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology about whether machines will experiment with mind-altering substances or fall victim to addiction.
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We will probably not build AI. It will be evolved and built by gradually smarter machines. AI will have one important difference from us, they will be immortal, restorable to last snapshot - transaction log to identical HW. This will necessarily have implications for their behaviour in certain situations. Humans and AI will be mutually dependent of each other for a long time. This will affect both species moral and ethics, and result in coevolution.
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Amanda Lin has just published a new article on the 120 most helpful websites for writers in 2015 and featured Contrary Brin as one of those sites.  
https://geediting.com/blog/the-120-best-websites-for-writers-2015/

Probably of more value to writers than my blog would be this popular page of advice that I put up.  It has my best practical suggestions... and the sidebar contains other links.
http://www.davidbrin.com/advice.html 

See also this entire Scoopit of advice compilations! http://www.scoop.it/t/advice-for-writers
There are many websites about writing around, but it's time consuming to sort the decent from the mind-bendingly awesome. So here's a list of the best 120!
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I always thought the best website for writers was getoffthedamnedinternetandwrite.com
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My weekend posting is a compilations of cool or outrageous tidbits from many directions.  Starting with the preview to The Martian.  Oh and it starts with me putting out a call for suggestions!  What are your favorite web sites that deal with the big topic of dealing with The Future?

Come on by for glimpses at many risks... and some cool solutions.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/08/risks-and-solutions-we-need-competence.html
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I'm blown away by Sugata Mitra's work, giving access to the internet as a means to teaching remote rural children who lack quality teachers.

His results are nothing short of miraculous.

http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_the_child_driven_education?language=en

ObTechnology: the internet is the source of all of humanity's knowledge. But merely giving children access, they can teach themselves and others.

This could not be done 15 years ago.
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My Monday posting goes back to socio-politics. And symbolism, the powerful motivator that all-too often stands in the way of negotiation or pragmatic reasoning.  Especially on one side of the political "spectrum."  Though the other side... well... has its exacerbating moments. Here  I'll visit Confederate flags and statuaries... but also some excesses in political correctness.  Don't expect pandering, one-sided pablum here!
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heard one of your videos
one of 3...very good....on your book  or on privacy issues
i made the point
we should have a camera and microphone in every congressman's office,
limousine, breakfast nook
and
bedroom
and someone sent me a link to your book
and there was two videos on the site
and a summary of each chapter of your book
well done....
i will mail this now to 5000 people
but
not everyone reads my stuff

Greg g.....
Greg G
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Congratulations to Cixin Liu and the other 2015 Hugo Award winners, including Noah Ward, whose long awaited day finally came. Noah’s overshoot into categories where great candidates waited suggests that our community needs to rethink the polarized fervor that’s already tearing America apart. 
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One "fixes" it by reading as many of the nominees as one can and then voting one's own opinion, as a reader. One "fixes" it by actually reading the works and forming an opinion. One "fixes" it by blogging reviews of the individual works so that the meritorious get more readership. Literature is about the readers' eyes, not about the writer's politics---unless the politics get in the way of the story, which is a flaw (not necessarily an insurmountable one, but still a flaw).

One "fixes" it by reading.

I don't agree with a lot of David's politics, but I still read and enjoy his books. It's about quality--or it should be.
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Next weekend I will post one of my major Resource Blogs -- a list of online sites that deal with the future.  From iO9 and the Long Now all the way to the CIA... places where you can reassure yourself that at least some members of your species have prefrontal lobes and are using those "lamps on the brow" to peer ahead. At least a little. You are invited to suggest your own contributions to the list, under comments.
 
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Judging by how active you are on Quora, and how Quora is (IMO) a good idea, might as well be up there. It deals with the now, but it's those things we do today that the future's generally made of.
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One of the major talking points of opponents of sustainable energy is that if you include fixed manufacturing costs, solar and wind are not competitive with fossil fuels.  These opponents used this rhetoric to stymie investments in sustainables R&D during the first decade of this century.  But rates of efficiency have been skyrocketing and costs plummeting.  One of the big solar module manufacturers, Trina Solar, said costs had fallen 19 per cent in the past year, and would continue to fall by at least 5 per cent to 6 per cent a year in coming years as efficiencies were improved.”  This study shows that renewables turn out already  to be cheaper than fossil fuels.
 
Those who fought so hard to delay this day are proved to have been morons or worse, who harmed us all.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/why-wind-and-soon-solar-are-already-cheaper-than-fossil-fuels?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ab8cb2e940-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_147a5a48c1-ab8cb2e940-281972889
Global levelized cost of energy (LCOE) by various fuel types in $/megawatt-hours (credit: Citigroup) Citigroup has published an analysis of the costs of
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Of course, the other reason for investing in renewables is completely unrelated to environmental impact.

Consuming a non-replenishing resource is ultimately unsustainable. Without a migration plan/path to a sustainable supply of power then there is a huge economic shock coming as the cost of increasingly scarce resources skyrockets.
R&D and migration at that point is more expensive than doing it now.

This applies to anything we dig out of the ground that has a finite supply, not just fossil fuels, so includes all those nice elements (such as copper) that we take for granted.

It also avoids stupid arguments with manmade climate change deniers: cut straight to a free market capitalist economic argument.
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In memoriam a truly remarkable healer and scientist and storyteller...

Every act of perception, is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination.
 ― Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

And: "We see with the eyes but we see with the brain as well. And seeing with the brain is often called imagination." -Oliver Sacks

Wish we could have had him to speak at UCSD's new Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, where the sciences and arts come together to explore humanity's most unique gift.  (http://imagination.ucsd.edu )
The University of California, San Diego and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation have launched a new center to understand, enhance and enact the gift of human imagination. The mission of the Center is to help society become more effective at harnessing imagination. This pursuit will bring together ...
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Oliver Sacks was a remarkable man. I enjoyed his books immensely.
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Meanwhile, the mavens who gave us spectacular Pluto-Charon images have chosen New Horizons’s next target!   The spacecraft is to make a similar examination of a small, Kuiper Belt object, an icy body known as 2014 MU69 in 2019. Pluto is about three billion miles from the sun; 2014 MU69 is almost a billion miles beyond Pluto. “The New Horizons spacecraft is to adjust course through a series of four thruster firings in late October and early November. New Horizons would also make more distant measurements of 20 other Kuiper belt objects en route to 2014 MU69.”That they can do this at all, with their excellent fuel reserve, is one more checkmark of stunning human competence.  Let’s bring that back into fashion!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/29/science/space/nasas-new-horizons-spacecraft-has-next-mission-after-pluto.html?_r=0
The spacecraft will visit 2014 MU69, another piece of the frigid debris beyond Neptune along the Kuiper belt.
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Ah gerrymandering! Business owners try to remove all voters from business district but they forgot one college student
the city council created a special 'business' district. This district would be allowed to vote to create a half cent sales tax to pay for local improvements rather than using property tax increases. There is a special rule that says if no registered voters exist in an area, the property owners are allowed to vote BUT one U of M student registered at her CoMO address. And the county clerk has certified that she is the sole voter allowed in the up coming vote. Now the owners are barred from voting. Will have to raise taxes (if they want those district improvements) and raise them even more to pay off the debt they incurred to finance this deal. http://m.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/27/1415949/-Business-owners-try-to-remove-all-voters-from-business-district-but-they-forgot-one-college-student  
This is a familiar thing in California, where most elective potitics has improved markedly, but these legacy “cities” and “districts” have olden-times grandfathered ability to basically run their own cloistered mafia dens.
Normally gerrymandering in a medium-sized town that doesn't even pertain to city council elections would be too down-...
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She can get her college loans paid off ...
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A fascinating interview with Samuel R. Delaney: on race, sexual identity and science fiction
The award-winning novelist discusses the intersection of race, sexual identity, and science fiction.
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Thanks, +David Brin ! That was an interesting interview, and worth the read. I read Dhalgren many years ago, and appreciated Delany's writing. I think it's time for another reading of it.
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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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