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David Brin
Works at Futurist, Scientist, Author: The Postman, Startide Rising, Earth, Existence
Attended California Institute of Technology
Lives in San Diego
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Futurist, Science Fiction Author, Scientist. Advocate for a Transparent Society.
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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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Hugo, Nebula award winner
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  • California Institute of Technology
    Physics, 1969 - 1973
  • University of California, San Diego
    Space Physics, 1975 - 1981
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A new radio telescope array developed by a consortium led by Caltech and now operating at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory has the ability to image simultaneously the entire sky at radio wavelengths with unmatched speed, helping astronomers to search for objects and phenomena that pulse, flicker, flare, or explode. -Our new telescope lets us see the entire sky all at once, and we can image everything instantaneously," says Gregg Hallinan, an assistant professor of astronomy at Caltech and OV-LWA's principal investigator. - See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/news/powerful-new-radio-telescope-array-searches-entire-sky-247-46754#sthash.5l2wLwBf.dpuf  
The Owens Valley Long Wavelength Array is producing stunning videos of the radio sky.
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If not released updates for excessive radiation, then it is in a nice set of abstract sculptures.
Just it is kidding .. If it is good to detect bursts of gamma rays and X-rays
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This week's Big Blog posting is about matters of foreign and domestic politics: Is America still the "indispensable nation"? I dissect a book that starts with an agreeable assumption, then turns it into a sly excuse to let neocons -- our mad uncles -- back at the adult table.  Also, shall we double down on supply side "economics" by giving one third of a TRILLION dollars in tax gifts to just 5,000 families?  It's the GOP's top legislative priority, so look into it!

I've not done politics in a while, so gird yourselves. There's some pent-up energy here....
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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. 
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/05/sf-on-big-screenand-tv.html
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+Osvaldo Doederlein  Asimov wrote about this in one of his robot stories, where there was interest in prioritizing the "best people" when applying the Three Laws.  To go further would be spoiling, and I'm sorry I don't remember the title.  I believe it was in either "I Robot" or "The Rest of the Robots."  But wading into the "relative merit" waters is troublesome, but eventually we're going to have to go there, if only to figure out what to do with Ray Kurzweil.  (or someone else after him, if 2038 is too soon.) (edit -spelling correction)
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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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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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This video portraying the construction and operation of a GEO space solar power system is very well made… and kinda inspiring.  The contest it was entered in was won by a team supported by the Chinese government.  Worth noting.  Just 3000 of these could entirely replace the three cubic miles of oil (equivalent) of fossil fuel the human race uses each year. “By the early 2030s if we got on it soon,” says system architect Keith Henson.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-Lrj35HcbQ&feature=youtu.be
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Thanks for the info +Kris Holland. 
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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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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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As long as the Sun doesn't disappear or get rotated out of our dimension.
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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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