Tyler Cowen and Neal Stephenson talk Satoshi Nakimoto, physical surveillance, economic value of space, social media and dystopia, life in the Baroque, and more.
New York Times bestselling author Daniel Suarez talks about his novel "Change Agent" at Google Los Angeles.
CHANGE AGENT explores a near future world where synthetic biology and rampant genetic editing give humanity control of evolution itself. In 2045 Interpol’s Genetic Crime Division grapples with a new type of crime: illicit genetic editing — and it isn’t long before the fight gets personal.
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Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi stop by the Googleplex to discuss their most recent books, and each other.
Cory Doctorow’s "Walkaway" Fascinating, moving, and darkly humorous, Walkaway is a multi-generation SF thriller about the wrenching changes of the next hundred years…and the very human people who will live their consequences.
John Scalzi’s "The Collapsing Empire" Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster than light travel is impossible—until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars.
Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war—and, for the empire’s rulers, a system of control.
The Flow is eternal—but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals—a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency—must race against time to discover wha…
Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: Staying with the Trouble Sympoiesis, not autopoiesis, threads the string figure game played by Terran critters. Always many-stranded, SF is spun from science fact, speculative fabulation, science fiction, and, in French, soin de ficelles (care of/for the threads). The sciences of the mid-20th-century “new evolutionary synthesis” shaped approaches to human-induced mass extinctions and reworldings later named the Anthropocene. Rooted in units and relations, especially competitive relations, these sciences have a hard time with three key biological domains: embryology and development, symbiosis and collaborative entanglements, and the vast worlds of microbes. Approaches tuned to “multi-species becoming with” better sustain us in staying with the trouble on Terra. An emerging “new new synthesis” in trans-disciplinary biologies and arts proposes string figures tying together human and nonhuman ecologies, evolution, development, history, technology, and more. Corals, microbes, robotic and fleshly geese, artists, and scientists are the dramatis personae in this talk’s SF game.
World traveler, science fiction author, journalist, and future-focused design critic Bruce Sterling spins the globe a few rounds as he wraps up the Interactive Conference with his peculiar view of the state of the world from a global perspective, as one who lives in Turin, Belgrade, and Austin. Most recently, Bruce has been an instigator of the DIY - Internet of Things model home project, Casa Jasmina. He also makes an annual "state of the world" assessment, with Jon Lebkowsky, for two weeks every January on The WELL.
Hans Ulrich Obrist is well renowned for his impressive amount of interviews with creative people. This time, in Domus Academy, he interviews Bruce Sterling, the American science fiction writer. #DAmetaphyiscal
John Hodgman, Justin Long and scriptwriter Jason Sperling share stories of the legendary Apple campaign and revisit unaired scripts.. From Campaign US
A frequent guest at XOXO, John Roderick is the frontman and songwriter of The Long Winters, the receiving end of Merlin Mann’s weekly phone calls for Roderick on the Line, and one of our favorite storytellers of all time.
Follow John on Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnroderick Roderick on the Line: http://www.merlinmann.com/roderick The Long Winters: http://thelongwinters.com/ And his official site: http://www.johnroderick.com/
Recorded in September 2016 at XOXO, an experimental festival celebrating independently produced art and technology in Portland, Oregon. For more, visit http://xoxofest.com.
Introductory music: "Flaws Run Deep" by Jim Guthrie. Video production by brytCAST. Video thumbnail by Searle Video. Captions by White Coat Captioning.
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