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Futurist, Science Fiction Author, Scientist. Advocate for a Transparent Society.
Futurist, Science Fiction Author, Scientist. Advocate for a Transparent Society.

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The US Military Officer Corps may be our best hope. They are sworn to defend and protect us from enemies, foreign and domestic. And they are coming to realize it's one and the same. But it is up to us to prevent them from facing the most terrible choice they can imagine.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/10/20/here-are-the-four-star-generals-donald-trump-has-publicly-bashed/
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A French Journalist just asked me: - "As a futurist, do you think transhumanism describes a future bounded to happen, especially the Singularity ? Does humanity would really have the need of enhance itself to fight the exponential development of AI ?"

My reply starts with perspective: there have always been human beings who were dissatisfied with the ‘hand we’re dealt’ in life, who preached that we can get a better deal. For most of history and pre-history, these transcendental mystics proclaimed that the method for achieving this better deal would be through incantations of magic or faith, because words and thoughts were the only means they had, to effect change among the most powerful beings around them — the lords and kings and priests.

Scroll forward to the 19th Century and the same mystical thinking focused on sociology. The notion that a better society might be achieved through revolution, or through a “natural” progression of class struggle. Then Freud unveiled the sub-conscious and the locus of transformation shifted, again.

In the 1980s, many of the same personality types were obsessed with space colonies. Then came the computer-internet age, and artificial intelligence became more plausible. And Vernor Vinge coined “the Singularity” to stand for a transformation that we might soon achieve through science and technology.

I do not say all of this to deny the possibility of a coming transformation. Indeed, one form or another of “singularity” is clearly coming. Whether it will be a “hard-landing” arrival of AI, with organic humanity left behind or crushed…or a “soft-landing” in which we get enhanced and can come along as transformed beings, or something else… is another story that I explore in these videos:


(1) The “Neo” Project aims to create a vividly beautiful film, combining science and art with optimism. They feature my blather about peering into the future. Vivid imagery and remarkable sound editing. http://anewbreedofhuman.com/announcement-trailer/

(2) Video of my talk on the future of A.I. to a packed house at IBM's World of Watson congress in Las Vegas, October 2016. A punchy tour of big perspectives on Intelligence, as well as both artificial and human augmentation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlwsJpwg3e0

(3) At the Smithsonian - "Will we diversify into many types of humanity?" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/future-is-here/david-brin/?no-ist

But in this Q&A I focused on the fact that we have heard such promises before. The personality type that propels such promises has always been there, with only the details of transcendence changing, from one generation to the next.
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Why has fire-devastated Northern California not been declared a disaster area? With more deaths and more property -area destroyed than Houston and FLA combined? Three guesses.
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Putin says Americans should not disrespect Trump: "the president of the United States does not need any advice because one has to possess certain talent and go through this trial to be elected, even without having the experience of such big administrative work."

http://www.newsweek.com/putin-americans-stop-disrespect-trump-president-need-advice-688942
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Plop your beloved confederate aunt and uncle down before a TV and have them sit through a complete Rachel Maddow segment. Promise you’ll sit through an equivalent amount of Hannity! And compare the ratio of lies. Pick and choose. Maddow is always cogent and fact-filled, but once a week or so, she absolutely kills. In this one (October 19) she connects the dots showing one reason why four American soldiers died in Niger, and why then the President strenuously ignored and then distracted from it. And yes, it is worse than Benghazi.

Only when Maddow calls the precipitating event "inexplicable," consider that most decisions made by this administration have an explicable root... orders from Moscow.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/inexplicable-trump-travel-ban-decision-preceded-us-niger-exposure-1077460035890
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In a small study researchers found that most dyslexics had dominant round spots in both eyes - rather than in just one - leading to blurring and confusion. They discovered differences in the shape of spots deep in the eye where red, green and blue cones - responsible for colour - are located. In non-dyslexics, they found that the blue cone-free spot in one eye was round and in the other eye it was oblong or unevenly shaped, making the round one more dominant. But in dyslexic people, both eyes had the same round-shaped spot, which meant neither eye was dominant.
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41666320
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An Australian-made 3D-printed titanium and polymer sternum and rib cage has successfully been implanted into a 20-year-old. The movie KickAss was prophetic.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/australian-made-3d-printed-sternum-and-rib-cage-implanted-into-ny-patient/
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Empty lava tubes on the moon are real, and could form a perfect place for early habitats… if anyone would want to stay for long on that sterile, resource-poor, dusty plain. Still, NASA’s NIAC program has funded interesting studies of how to get robots down there, exploring the tubes, and maybe proving me wrong!

https://gizmodo.com/scientists-just-found-the-perfect-spot-to-build-an-unde-1819658831

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Midweek posting. I tally up successful science fictional predictions... just a few from a long list. But these are important ones! Under-rated by media.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2017/10/science-fiction-prediction.html
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Yep. Gotta keep that bubble inflated! To be clear, Supply Side (voodoo economics) promised that lavish tax cut for the rich would pay for themselves as the rich then invest in "supply" productive industry and R&D. They never have. Ever. As Adam Smith said, pouring money to oligarchs winds up getting it squirreled into "rent-seeking" and asset bubbles and LOWERED money velocity, helping kill the middle class.

Nothing proves the stupidity of confederates more than letting themselves get talked into hating scientists and fact-people, instead of their class oppressors. Their parents in the Greatest generation knew all this and adored one man. Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-mnuchin-taxes-stock-market-20171018-htmlstory.html
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