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Adam Ford: Vernor Vinge – Foresight and the Singularity – Interview

Interview with renowned author Vernor Vinge – about the Technological Singularity, ways to think about it, strategic forecasting, future studies and risk. Specific Topics: The Beginnings of the Term: ‘Technological Singularity’ / The Metaphor Implied by the Singularity / Narratives How Possibility Shapes the Future / Utopias & Dystopias / Thinking about the Future: What …

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Authors@Google: Gregory Benford and Larry Niven

Larry Niven & Gregory Benford, two of the most respected authors of hard science fiction, talk about their new book “Bowl of Heaven” and the concept of stories about “big dumb objects” as a sub-genre. They review prior stories (including Ringworld by Niven) and then talk about the physics of the “big smart object” that …

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AT&T Tech Channel: Interview with author/futurist Arthur C. Clarke, from an AT&T-MIT Conference, 1976

Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction author and futurist, crossed paths with the scientists of the Bell System on numerous occasions. In 1945, he concurrently, but independently, conceived of the first concept for a communications satellite at the same time as Bell Labs scientist, John Robinson Pierce. Pierce too, was a science fiction writer. To avoid …

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