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Computer Human Interaction - the Near and Long-Term Prospects

Speaker  David Brin

Host  Curtis Wong

Duration  01:31:55

Date recorded  6 July 2012

David Brin is a scientist, tech speaker/consultant, and author. His new novel from Tor Books is Existence. A film by Kevin Costner was based on The Postman. His 16 novels, including NY Times Bestsellers and a Hugo Award winner, have been translated into more than twenty language. Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and the world wide web. David appears frequently on shows such as Nova and speaks about 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. See a lavish three-minute preview trailer of Existence at

As a public "scientist/futurist" David appears frequently on TV, including, most recently, on many episodes of "The Universe" and on the History Channel's best-watched show (ever) "Life After People." He also was a regular cast member on "The ArciTECHS." (For others, see "Media and Punditry.")

Brin's 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 to SETI (The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.). His Ph.D in Physics from UCSD (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.

David's novel Kiln People has been called a book of ideas disguised as a fast-moving and fun noir detective story, set in a future when new technology enables people to physically be in more than two places at once. A hardcover graphic novel The Life Eaters explored alternate outcomes to WWII, winning nominations and high praise in the nation that most loves and respects the graphic novel. David's science fictional Uplift Universe explores a future when humans genetically engineer higher animals like dolphins to become equal members of our civilization. He also recently tied up the loose ends left behind by the late Isaac Asimov. Foundation's Triumph brings to a grand finale Asimov's famed Foundation Universe.

As a founding contributor to, the online publishing venture for short stories and essays, David was a "Top Ten Author." His essays poke at convention and question comfortable assumptions. As a speaker and on television, David Brin shares unique insights – serious and humorous – about ways that changing technology may affect our future lives. Brin lives in San Diego County with his wife, three children, and a hundred very demanding trees.

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