As a little teaser to our upcoming Vivid Tomorrows Future Salon, I ask our distinguished guest visionary Science Fiction author David Brin 3 questions:
- What is the latest Science Fiction that you feel depicts our likely future the most?
David: In VIVID TOMORROWS: Science Fiction and Hollywood, I describe several goals of SF novels and films, raning from pure entertainment and money-making to changing the perspective of readers and viewers, making them think new thoughts or arming them with awareness against dangers. In that case, what you have is a self-preventing prophecy whose aim is to prevent itself from coming true! Hence, accurate prediction is less the point than prevention. - http://www.davidbrin.com/
- What can we do to bring back the innovation inspiration that Project Hieroglyph was trying to revitalize?
David: Today we are experiencing one of the weirdest phenomenon in all of history. A large minority of the population of the most advanced nation in the world… one that benefited most from an explosion of knowledge and calm reasoning and expertise… has allowed itself to get talked into a venomous campaign of hatred toward nearly all of the expert castes and professions! From scientists and doctors to journalists, civil servants and law professionals. You name it, and there are active campaigns to discredit them. Now who would want that?
- What near-term technology are you the most excited about and why?
David: Naturally, artificial intelligence will likely create the greatest challenges and opportunities, as will methods of ‘human augmentation” in brain and physical function. In some of my novels I talk about how the animals we share the planet with might join us in sapiency, helping modify this civilization with their own kinds of wisdom. In the near term, though, I'm anxious for new kinds of GAMES that let young people actually gain knowledge and skills while playing, rather than today’s lobotomizing addictions.