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David Brin: Defend Against Physical Threats - Multipolar Active Shields | Gaming the Future Chapter 7

The Foresight Institute Podcast

Gaming the Future: Technologies for Intelligent Voluntary CooperationOpportunities for bright futures enabled by bio, nano, and computing technologies are now within our reach. Their proliferation also comes with risks and authoritarian attempts at control. We explore how technologies of intelligent voluntary cooperation can help us navigate the traps. Cryptocommerce enables decentralized, secure cooperation across humans – and AIs. This unlocks Paretotropian futures of high technology in which valuing entities can pursue their highest function through iterative play.This episode is a discussion on chapter 7 of the book: DEFEND AGAINST PHYSICAL THREATS | Multipolar Active ShieldsHistorically, violence has been declining while we have made progress on a variety of factors that humans may value. Cryptocommerce can help us cooperate better in advancing progress. Biotechnology is unlocking healthier lives for more people, while remote sensing and robotics enable production at lower cost, using less energy, and creating less waste. Soon, we may be able to produce entirely new materials with molecular precision. We need technological progress to continue enabling more and more valuing entities to achieve what they value. So far, so good. Now let’s look at the dark side. Technology is raising the stakes of our civilizational game, and could threaten its very existence. There are at least two traps to steer away from.Join us:► Twitter: https://twitter.com/foresightinst ► Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foresightinst► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/existentialhope/► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/foresight-instituteIf you enjoy what we do please support us via Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/foresightinstituteIf you’re interested in joining these meetings consider donating through our donation page: https://foresight.org/donate/Foresight Institute advances technologies for the long-term future of life, focusing on molecular machine nanotechnology, biotechnology, space, neurotech and computer science.Subscribe for episodes concerning our programs on Molecular Machines, Biotechnology & Health Extension, Intelligent Cooperation, Space, Neurotech and Existential Hope.

1hr 57mins

22 Jul 2022

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Interview with David Brin - Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of Startide Rising and the Postman!

Hugonauts: The Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time

David Brin is an astrophysicist whose international best-selling novels include The Postman, Startide Rising, and the Uplift War. He consults for NASA, companies, agencies, and nonprofits about the onrushing future. His first nonfiction book, The Transparent Society, won the Freedom of Speech Award. His newest book is Vivid Tomorrows: Science Fiction and Hollywood.Startide Rising won both the Hugo and the Nebula in 1984 - one of a very short list of books to win both awards! If you haven't read it yet, here's the setup:Startide Rising follows a spaceship from Earth, named Streaker, that is primarily crewed and captained by dolphins. The main conceit of Brin’s uplift series is that humanity has ‘uplifted’ dolphins and chimpanzees by speeding up their evolution. Streaker’s crew has discovered something of great interest to the entire galaxy, and is trying to get back to Earth with the information. Unfortunately, the galaxy is not a friendly place, and when word gets out about what Streaker is carrying, the entire galaxy converges on Streaker to try and stop them. Streaker is damaged and lands on an ocean planet to hide and buy time to repair themselves, while meanwhile the forces of all the other galactic civilizations battle it out in the solar system above them, trying to be the last one’s standing so they can capture Streaker. It’s a plot driven space opera, with each chapter following one of many different characters (even including a few aliens) as the crew of the Streaker races to repair their ship, to understand the strange planet they’ve crashed on, and tries to come up with a plan to escape and get back to Earth.If you want to learn more about David Brin's recent books: davidbrin.com/vividtomorrows.htmldavidbrin.com/outoftime.htmlringoffirepress.com/shop/melody-of-memoryOr you can watch the show on YouTube here if you prefer video. Happy reading y'all!


14 Jun 2022

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Rob McConnell Interviews - DAVID BRIN - Astrophysicist and International Best-Selling Author

The 'X' Zone Radio/TV Show

David Brin is a scientist, tech speaker/consultant, and author. His novels about our survival and opportunities in the near future are EARTH and Existence. A film by Kevin Costner was based on The Postman. His 16 novels, including NY Times Bestsellers and Hugo Award winners, have been translated into more than twenty languages. Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and the world wide web. David appears frequently on shows such as Nova and The Universe and Life After People, speaking about science and future trends. His non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association. (Website: http://www.davidbrin.com/ )To listen to all our XZBN shows, with our compliments go to: https://www.spreaker.com/user/xzoneradiotv AND NOW The ‘X’ Zone TV Channel on SimulTV - www.simultv.comThe ‘X’ Chronicles Newspaper - www.xchroniclesnewpaper.com


14 May 2022

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Can Science Fiction Save Humanity? - David Brin

More Intelligent Tomorrow: a DataRobot Podcast

Soylent Green, the movie based on Harry Harrison's novel, Make Room! Make Room!, interpreted what a future of pollution, poverty, overpopulation, and depleted resources could mean for humanity and ended up recruiting millions of people to environmentalism. Nineteen Eighty-Four was a cautionary tale about the consequences of totalitarianism that alerted hundreds of millions of people around the world to fear “big brother”. Movies like Dr. Strangelove, War Games, and The Day After portended the different ways that nuclear war might happen accidentally. Each of these works of science fiction became relevant at a time when the dystopian outcomes they illustrated seemed imminently possible. David Brin is a highly influential scientist and renowned science fiction author who speaks, advises, and writes about artificial intelligence and human augmentation. In this episode of More Intelligent Tomorrow, Ari Kaplan and David Brin delve into the role of science fiction in our society, and the role Hollywood plays in science fiction. They explore underlying themes that shape the way we look at everything, from the safety of our institutions, to trust in our neighbors, to foresights that help us avoid catastrophe. “Our job as science fiction authors is not to predict the future. It is to prevent it.” David also serves on the advisory council of NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, and advises government agencies and corporations on topics from national defense to astronomy and space exploration, nanotechnology, philanthropy, and predicting the future.Ari and David direct their conversation toward the latest advances in space exploration technologies like the Webb telescope, along with upcoming missions that could provide unprecedented insight into our universe, such as the hycean class of exoplanets and the possibility of Martian moon exploration.  They also talk about the work that is happening today in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and possible reasons why we don't yet see signs, such as the very complexity of a sapient species. “There may be lots of life out there. There may even be lots of complex life, but the leap to our type of intelligence may be very difficult.”Don’t miss this fascinating and provocative episode of More Intelligent Tomorrow, densely packed with insights on space exploration, artificial intelligence, human augmentation, including: The secondary mirror and wonders of the cosmosThe Project Artemis and the great age of lunar tourismThe eight phase of the American civil warPolemical Judo and the war on scienceGPT-3 and the race toward advanced intelligence


24 Mar 2022

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The Future of Civilization • DAVID BRIN • Bestselling Sci-Fi Author

The Singularity Lab

The future of civilization with David Brin. Brin is best known for shining light—plausibly and entertainingly—on technology, society, and countless challenges confronting our rambunctious civilization. His best-selling novels include "The Postman" (adapted into a movie in 1997) plus explorations of our near future in "Earth" and "Existence." Other novels have been translated into 25+ languages. His short stories explore vividly speculative ideas. Brin's nonfiction book "The Transparent Society" won the American Library Association's Freedom of Speech Award for exploring 21st Century concerns about security, secrecy, accountability, and privacy. As a scientist, tech-consultant, and world-known author, he speaks, advises, and writes widely on topics from national defense and homeland security to astronomy and space exploration, SETI and nanotechnology, future/prediction, creativity, and philanthropy. Urban Developer Magazine named him one of four World's Best Futurists, and he was appraised as "#1 influencer" in Onalytica's Top 100 report of Artificial Intelligence influencers, brands & publications. Financially Support the Show with Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thesingularitylab ►Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/michaelmataluni​ ►Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/jp/podcast/the-singularity-lab/id1578521813?l=en ►Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1gE7LEI8R8v4iExhWVnT7w?si=EIjmEDQ-TeadsC_-IReFqQ&dl_branch=1 ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/singularitymike ►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesingularitylab/ ►Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mataluni/ ►Page: https://www.facebook.com/michaelmataluni ►Discord: https://discord.gg/J2AQxqjusv

1hr 58mins

11 Feb 2022

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085 - Guest: David Brin, Science Fiction Author and Scientist, part 2

Artificial Intelligence and You

This and all episodes at: https://aiandyou.net/ . See AI and the future of humanity through the eyes of an extraordinary thinker, science fiction author and scientist David Brin. Author of bestsellers such as Earth, Existence, Foundation's Triumph, and the Uplift series, David also has a PhD in astronomy and consults to organizations ranging from the CIA to Google. What he does for them is get them to open their minds to new possibilities, and that's what he does for us, talking this week about how to restructure government to avoid AI seizing control in the future, how to fix accountability on the Internet, and... The Lion King. He also has a special message for superintelligent AIs listening now or in the future. He provided links for some of the things we talked about, which are also in the transcript: Foundation’s Triumph, Existence, Kiln People, Vivid Tomorrows Essay on Central Control over AI Micropayments instead of advertising: Here and here. A fascinating discussion of the issue with a trio of brilliant law professors The War on Folks Who Know Stuff It's a smörgåsbord for the mind in this conclusion of our interview. All this plus our usual look at today's AI headlines. Transcript and URLs referenced at HumanCusp Blog.


31 Jan 2022

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084 - Guest: David Brin, Science Fiction Author and Scientist, part 1

Artificial Intelligence and You

This and all episodes at: https://aiandyou.net/ . See AI and the future of humanity through the eyes of an extraordinary thinker: Science fiction author and scientist David Brin is here to expand our minds with his creative and thought-provoking insights. Author of bestsellers such as The Postman, Earth, Existence, and the Uplift series, David also has a PhD in astronomy and consults to organizations ranging from the CIA to Google. What he does for them is get them to open their minds to new possibilities, and that's what he does for us, talking about the role of science fiction, where the real danger from AI will emerge from and why, how superintelligence was treated in Foundation's Triumph, his sequel to Asimov's series, and the systems of power that control our future today. Yes, it's a lot to take in! All this plus our usual look at today's AI headlines. Transcript and URLs referenced at HumanCusp Blog.


24 Jan 2022

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Dr. David Brin, Tuesday, 8-31-21

The Space Show

We welcomed back to the show Dr. David Brin for 73 minute discussion on going to asteroids over the Moon, commercial lunar development, ET life searches, the state of present affairs for the US and the world plus more. Please read the summary of this program at www.thespaceshow.com for this date, Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

1 Sep 2021

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[AI Futures - S2E7] Developing AGI and Avoiding Global Conflict - with Science Fiction Legend David Brin

The AI in Business Podcast

Today’s guest is David Brin, renowned fiction author, NASA consultant, and keynote speaker with a Ph.D. from the University of California San Diego. David has received the Hugo, Locus, Campbell, and Nebula awards for his various works of fiction, and his novel, “The Postman,” was adapted into a 1997 feature film starring Kevin Costner. David’s works have explored the topics of strong artificial intelligence, brain-computer interface, upgrading human brains, and more. Today, he speaks about how to govern these powerful technologies, like brain-computer interface and AI. David also shares his ideas about what the next level of human intelligence could look like without an arms race.


31 Jul 2021

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FBL17: David Brin - The Value of History, Criticism, & Science Fiction

Singularity Radio

This week our guest is David Brin, renowned science fiction author of dozens of short stories and novels, including The Postman, which was adapted to film and starred Kevin Costner, as well as the Uplift series, which centers around the theme of genetically engineering pre-sapient species such as chimpanzees and dolphins to a human level of intelligence. While science fiction is what he’s known for, David shows us that the real power of storytelling is that it makes us students of history and allows us to use the wisdom therein to navigate the future. To this end, a great deal of this conversation centers around understanding human culture through time. Amongst other ideas, David specifically emphasizes that for the sake of progress and inclusion, we must shift from a zero-sum mentality to a positive sum mentality and in the process embrace criticism. Works referenced in this discussion:  Robert Wright's book: Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny  David's advice to new authors: http://www.davidbrin.com/advice.htm David's exploration of our Transparent Society.  The trailer for David's book EXISTENCE. - Want to learn more about our podcasts and become a part of the community? Join here! Host: Steven Parton // Music by: Amine el Filali


28 Jun 2021