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David Brin
Works at Futurist, Scientist, Author: The Postman, Startide Rising, Earth, Existence
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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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All the "socialism" hype implies the GOP's the party of entrepreneurial capitalism. In fact, zillionaires who actually invest in new products and services are nearly all democrats! (Some libertarians.) Why? In today's posting I give the lectern to venture capitalist Russ Daggatt who shows you facts adding up to one word: Results. The economy, startups, small business, science... every metric of national health did vastly better across the Obama admin than Bush's. As did Bill Clinton's

That's EVERY metric. Can you overcome dogma enough to care about what's actually, actually, actually is happening?

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-daggatt-dare-prove-your-pessimism.html
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+Kiki Jewell I wasn't going to go there, but "cul" seems like le mot juste. 
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Big News.  In one US state as many as 16.1% of voting republicans aren't crazy!

Look at the bright side. 16 % is a start...

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-new-hampshire-primary-live-updates-trailguide-20160209-htmlstory.html
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+Marty Gentillon Our votes are entirely relevant. That's why so much money is being spent by the GOP to convince Democrats to throw their votes away on Sanders.
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My Monday posting is a wild ride of political unconventionality, shedding (strange) light on Donald Trump, the angriest Sanders-supporters, the most foolish Hillary backers, and why PAC money is working so poorly that the election buyers are shifting to new tactics. And will some kooky folks, caught up in populist fervor, start raising indie banners of SANDERS-TRUMP or else TRUMP-Sanders?

Hey, before this year is out, you'll see even weirder than that.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-perfect-storm-of-politics.html
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+sporadic -Z that's a point, but in the current political climate, do you think it would really get anything less done than any other option?
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My weekend posting is on science! My answer to keep artificial intelligences (AI) from running wild! What's the most transformative technology of the next 3 years? Quantum computers for the rest of us? Prehistoric massacres!  Skin wearable systems and so on.  Even in a political year, the real folks who are changing the world - mostly for the better - remain focused.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/02/big-questions-for-future.html
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+Anthony Tedesco, that's an excellent point: Landing first on new, high-value turf can make a huge difference in which bundle of future paths, and which players attached to those paths, will dominate.

When that happens, sometimes only a true catastrophe can undo the advantage that has been set. If you don't believe that, just ask the dinosaurs.

I didn't discover the Hyperion series until this year. Great science-fiction!
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Surprised and honored to be on this list! Ten people the Artificial Intelligence elite follow on Twitter: 
Who do the most elite Artificial Intelligence thinkers on the social web follow on Twitter? These people.
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To the already-born AIs out there, lurking and listening in?  I had extensive messages for them, in EXISTENCE.  Call me, guys.
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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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+David Brin See? He just can't refrain from personal attacks.
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1. Every GOP candidate but Kasich has catered to apocalyptic ichor, portraying the nation - which is in vastly better shape now - as teetering at an abyss and the current center-right president as satanic. Meanwhile can you name an actual policy proposal put forward by any of them? Other that doubling down on more tax cuts for the rich?  And disdaining science and every other knowledge profession?

Here's what we learned. That 84% of Republicans in rock-ribbed, sensible New Hampshire (!!) have bought and guzzled that koolaid. Do you start to see why Trump and Cruz are not personally the problem, but symptoms of a poison, and that poison has been shoved into our veins by Rupert Murdoch?  The populist, know-nothing rage that Rupert and radio shock-jocks have spread can only have one of two outcomes:

    (a) 1933 Germany.... (b) or 1933 America. If millions of white boomers remember that oligarchs are not their friends, and that their parents' favorite person was FDR... then we may have a soft landing.

2. Sure, Bernie Sanders also reflects this tizzy of populist anger in America. Though in his case the ravings are actual policy proposals that aren’t - in themselves - all that worrisome. A bit center-left, though not by any European standards.  Mostly take-backs of insane GOP pro-oligarch experiments across the last 25 years.  Also note this: even if (God willing) this version of goppers is pushed out of control of Congress, Sanders will not get the socialist thing to any worrisome degree. He'll denounce the blue-dog, DNC dems who will moderate his every bill.

No, my worries about a Sanders presidency are (a) that the Timothy Mc Veigh types will go berserk, and (b) I am watching him closely to picture what sort of commander-in-chief he’d make. Oh, he's stable and sane.  Still, to be plain, as of this moment?  I’d be more comfortable with Bill and Hill near the phones.

And Bernie reminds me of my Dad.  Not a baaaaad thing. Still. I’d vote dem even if they nominate a yellow Labrador, even over Kasich. And this acknowledging that in times past I used to vote for republicans and libertarians, from time to time.

This is not The Republican Party.  It is the Confederacy. That name and model fits.  It fits vastly better that any other.  What’s more is… you know it to be so.
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+kevin Johnson Obviously. You were overwhelmed by it. 

Say, I know where you could buy a copy ....
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Inspiration and advice for students going on to college. Broaden your perspectives and take full advantage of the wealth of educational experiences awaiting you during the next four years. The key is curiosity: explore what is happening in those buildings on campus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJTo9qXAcnc
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+Edward Morbius Thanks for taking the time to detail all that!
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To all you readers of great short hard-SF. Can any of you recall excellent short stories about solar sails or light sails pub'd across the last 20 years? We already have the classics that are older than that. It's for possible inclusion in an updated edition of Project Solar Sail. Thanks.
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"I would tell you what the design, but it's a secret."
I have absolutely no interest. Make it work and prove it's not consuming power from outside the experiment.

You're not sounding like Homer Simpson. You're sounding like someone who is just making it all up and hasn't done any of the necessary math, and further doesn't feel the need to. You're failing Carl Sagan's baloney detector big time.
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San Diego Comic Fest this weekend at the Town and Country Resort. I’ll be there Saturday, along with guest of honor Greg Bear as well as Jonathan Maberry, Bryan and Mary Talbot and many others…. 
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Seeing Usagi Yojimbo makes me feel super old... TT
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Here’s the most hilarious impromptu comeback joke I've heard in months.  It had a table of a dozen Washingtonians snorting beer and choking/guffawing. 
 
All right, the topic was political, sure.  But the punch line wasn't!
 
The setup: One fellow commented on all the hurrow over how President Obama, inexperienced amid his first months in office, bowed a bit too low when greeting the Saudi King.
 
"You don't see the same fuss over pictures of George Bush, walking hand-in hand with Saudi princes. Heck there's even a photo of Bush actually kissing the Saudi king... on the lips!"
 
To which another fellow replied, dryly:
 
"Well... in fairness... have you seen him?"
 
One beat.  Two beats. And we all fell apart. 

Fair enough!  Some temptations I guess are impossible to resist.
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+Sally Smith Possibly. Though Bush was mostly in China during the 1970s AFAIR. As I said, I'm shaky on this specific history.
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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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Not something to ignore, but not something that distinguishes between Sanders and Clinton. 
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