Join DAVID BRIN signing CHASING SHADOWS: VISIONS OF OUR TRANSPARENT WORLD at our London Megastore on Tuesday 11th April 6 – 7pm.
As we debate Internet privacy, revenge porn, the NSA, and Edward Snowden, cameras get smaller, faster, and more numerous. Has Orwell’s Big Brother finally come to pass? Or have we become a global society of thousands of Little Brothers watching, judging, and reporting on one another?
Partnering with the Arthur C. Clarke Centre for Human Imagination, and inspired by Brin’s nonfiction book The Transparent Society, noted author and futurist David Brin and scholar Stephen Potts have compiled essays and short stories from writers such as Robert J. Sawyer, James Morrow, William Gibson, Damon Knight, Jack McDevitt, and many others to examine the benefits and pitfalls of technologic transparency in all its permutations.
David Brin is a scientist, speaker, technical consultant and world-known author. His novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. His scientific work covers an eclectic range of topics, from astronautics, astronomy and optics to alternative dispute resolution and the role of neoteny in human evolution. His PhD in Physics from UCSD — the University of California at San Diego (the lab of nobelist Hannes Alfven) — followed a Masters in optics and an undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Caltech. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Space Institute and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His patents directly confront some of the faults of old-fashioned screen-based interaction, aiming to improve the way human beings converse online.