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David Brin
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My weekend posting is about... Space!  I haven't seen an era like this one, since the 1960s. Almost monthly there are wonderful news items about our progress in exploring or utilizing new technologies or the solar system. What a time. And even more fascinating is how media -- and our neighbors -- strain so hard to find it boring.  But they will not succeed. These are exciting times.  SHAKE your neighbors and your kids till they wake up! 
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+Don McArthur I think the Chinese taikonaut program counts as a "new birth", and there's no need for a renaissance anyway because ISS is a lively teenager. 
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Just released: an excellent audio version of The River of Time, beautifully narrated by my friend, actor +Stephen Mendel! The book is also back in print, in paperback and ebook formats…

http://www.davidbrin.com/riveroftime.html
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Includes some of my older stories, such as The Crystal Spheres, Thor Meets Captain America, and The Loom of Thessaly...
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Gregory Benford offers a terrific and moving article about both the scientific and science-fiction wonders of Pluto... as we near the epochal New Horizons encounter in July. 
For 85 years, Pluto has belonged to the science fiction writers. Now it’s about to get real.
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+Peter da Silva I'm mean. ;-)
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My weekend posting takes us on a ride through recent -- and upcoming -- science fiction films!  Plus other cool news about the genre of the future….  Way fun and interesting stuff!
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Ha, talk to Michael Bay about that.
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I've been working w/ the new SciFi Museum’s exhibit "The Future of Travel" at DCA Airport. Contribute @ http://kck.st/1EyxDd3 
Regan Samul, Curator Washington, DC is raising funds for Museum of Science Fiction: "Future of Travel" Exhibition on Kickstarter! The Museum of Science Fiction is almost here! With a little funding, we can open our first exhibition this summer at Reagan Airport.
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Nice graphic!
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This week we open with a posting about the Future!  For example, at long-last, a solar sail mission!  And how to "roof" and best protect California's aqueducts. And the problem of declining R&D. And are we better prepared, post-Ebola Crisis #1. And why the heck don't we have a Predictions Registry, yet?  Come for news and ideas. Leave with confidence. 
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+Mike Crews Wait ... terrorists are going to attack bikers on an aqueduct?!
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This Monday's posting takes a look back at human origins, from the fate of Neanderthals all the way back to our ancestral links to Archaea micro-organisms!  Get to know your family tree!  And all that that en-tails.  And this one is in honor of our own bio-anthropologist!  Yay Ari!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-look-back-at-our-origins.html
We are the first human civilization to remove our envisioned "golden age" from an imagined-nostalgic past and instead plant that better-than-the-present era (tentatively) in a potential future. The irony? We can only achiev...
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+Larry Lyons , thanks!
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Alex Garland’s Ex Machina: The dialog contained some moments of intellectual heft and there’s genuine acting. The film proved that a small team can do inexpensive thought-provoking science fiction. Alas, the story arc and the villain, were banal caricatures of a yawning predictable Frankenstein remake, including Shelly’s fundamental: the creator is not punished for hubristically picking up god’s tools, he is punished for being a horrible dad. 
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+Robin Green The real question here is what should be the criteria to grant human rights to a machine; if true intelligence is not sufficient, I'd argue that true emotion shouldn't either, why should that be the case? Pigs have true intelligence and true emotions, even if at a lower level, and we think nothing of using them as bacon. Any aspect of AI is by definition a simulation, even if it's perfect. And it would be easy to see if the AI is just "playing back" expressions or any manifestation of intelligence, or producing it in a "natural" way as expected by its design (one big advantage of AI over human brains is observability, you can inspect its CPUs and memory, even debug it).

The obvious answer here seems to be self-conscience, but we don't have any solid definition of that that doesn't rely on religious concepts that cannot be proven true even for humans, or antrophomorphic bias such as exhibiting imperfections and quirks that are very specific to our biological brain. Heck, you can't even show objectively that humans have free will, so why should we require that from a machine? By exhaustion, it seems necessary to conclude that the fair way to decide if a machine deserves human rights is requiring only a good Turing test (or AI-box or any variant you like: important thing is, if you can't tell the AI from a human mind, then it should be fully entitled to basic rights that make sense for a machine including right to its existence).
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San Diego, 2055: What will remain? What will be lost? What will we have done to face our region's most pressing challenges and seize its most exciting opportunities? Join The San Diego Foundation and leading futurist David Brin for Everything is Science Fiction, an exploration of possibilities for San Diego's future. Event will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 5pm at University of San Diego. It is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.
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+Mary Williams, this sounds interesting. 
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When Microsoft's new Internet Explorer replacement, officially dubbed Edge, arrives with Windows 10, it will offer users some new features, including the ability to annotate webpages and share notes. "Baked-in annotation features could be one area that sets Edge apart, considering most Web browsers can't handle them without third-party plug-ins or extensions. In fact, it's somewhat unbelievable that this hasn't become a standard feature in Web browsers yet." Windows 10 users can keep track of what is and isn’t useful within each webpage or document without extra steps. They can underline, place arrows and circle specific parts directly on webpages as they browse. 
The Internet Explorer replacement can't get here fast enough.
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+Shawn Willden I expect Vint's problem of creating persistent content should come first. What point is there in annotating something that won't be here long? I did a post with links to news stories when my great grandfather's ship was found in the arctic (The Investigator) but today the links are mostly useless. 
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Help shape the future of news. "Scout" is an innovative new news site looking to explore the connections between science, technology, and economics -- coupled with forward-looking science fictional visions of the near future. Kewl and lively! Sign up…and get a personal telephone chat…with me! Or get dinner with Greg Bear, Ramez Naam, and Brenda Cooper...
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Scout is raising funds for Scout: A technology journalism community with imagination on Kickstarter! A news site covering the intersection of tech, economics, and morality using near-term sci-fi and reporting.
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Sounds interesting.  Sort of like The Daily Show, but with sci-fi instead of comedy, and focused on stuff that matters, instead of political personalities.  
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As many as half of all stars in the universe lie in the vast gulfs of space between galaxies.  This result has far-reaching consequences.  It means that many more stars have been ejected from their home galaxies by galactic encounters.  It means that inter-galactic space is less empty than we thought.  It jibes with other recent results, that Andromeda galaxy may be surrounded by a huge halo of added material… 
 
… and it suggests that regular, baryonic matter may be closet to equal than we thought, to the presumed quantity of so-called “dark matter” physicists have been looking for.  All told, stunning times to be alive.
 
(And there are those who refuse to enjoy any of this! Preferring to dismiss science as “irrelevant” to important matters. Wow.)
As many as half of all stars in the universe lie in the vast gulfs of space between galaxies, an unexpected discovery made in a new study using NASA rockets. These stars could help solve mysteries regarding missing light and particles.
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Q: The name of "pollution" doesn't fit. Dark energy accelerates expansion and therefore produces work, as such it's fuel that ET would save rather than dump as waste.

+Ronald Stepp You again underplay obvious uncertainties on the constraints of the speculated technology; of course my picture means to suggest that the tech is inherently leaky, and it's not so hard to fathom logic to the idea that the like of negative energy might reveal difficult to keep confined and/or recover when leaked. As for the qualification of "pollution", I believe sufficient to it that dark energy accelerates universal expansion which - assuming its origin in space drives - boils down to a side effect of the latter that conflicts with the sustainability of their use (by making worse the distances that their use is meant to cross).
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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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