The New Modernism: Blending Science, Engineering, Art, and Human Imagination
One might even envision the great Enlightenment Project - with its creative markets, science, democracy and so on - as boiling down to one thing, a rebellion against Zero Sum thinking. A two century campaign to become more than just the sum of our small victories and individual defeats.
In Defense of a Transparent Society
We already live in the openness experiment, and have for two hundred years. It is called the Enlightenment — with 'light' both a core word and a key concept in our turn away from 4,000 years of feudalism.
Survival of the Fittest Ideas
Just like genes and computer viruses, memes are packets of coded information, but no longer contained in strings of molecules or software code. Rather than operating inside computers or living cells, memes take action inside human minds. Furthermore, these aren't just ordinary ideas. Like successful genetic codes, they must have the trait of making copies of themselves.
Probing the Near Future
Quandaries of the near future will grow more intense as human cognitive powers expand in coming years. Memory will be enhanced by vast, swift databases, accessed at the speed of thought. Vision will explode in all directions as cameras grow ever-smaller, cheaper, more mobile and interconnected. In such a world, it will be foolish to depend on the ignorance of others.
Accountability for Everyday Prophets: A Call for a Predictions Registry
Most efforts at prophecy seem to shrivel under close and skeptical scrutiny. It happens so consistently that one has to wonder humans keep on trying. Yet we do keep attempting to look ahead. In fact, the persistent habit of prediction may be one of our species' most salient traits.
The Real Culture War, Part 1: Defining the Battleground
What interests David Brin - as a citizen and futurist - is the success of Modern Civilization. It's not about 'left-vs-right' or 'morality' or any other 20th Century cliche. The issue is Modernity and how to deal with a new century of change.
The Odd Way We Design Our Destiny
What will tomorrow be like? Human beings are fascinated by the future. We project our thoughts into unknown territory, using the brain's talented prefrontal lobes to explore and envision, sometimes even noticing a few errors in time to evade them.
2001: A Space Odyssey Shines Light on How Far We've Come
What does the title 2001 mean to you? Why of course, it's a movie! One that, remarkably despite its age, still shines some amazing sparkles of perspective on our time. I'd like to use it in that vein right now, to point out a few things about the surprising world we're living in. A world that's even more amazing than Arthur C. Clarke imagined.
Do We Really Want Immortality?
Here's the safest prediction for the next 100 years - that mortality will be a major issue. Assuming we don't blow up the world, or fall into some other catastrophic failure mode, human beings will inevitably focus on using advanced technology to cheat death.
DAVID BRIN's questionnaire regarding politics, ideology and human destiny
Will bitter ideological rifts dominate the 21st Century, as they did the 20th? Or might we shrug off some of the obsolete intellectual baggage we've inherited from past thinkers who (in fact) knew much less than we do now?
Singularities and Nightmares
In order to give you pleasant dreams tonight, let me offer a few possibilities about the days that lie ahead — changes that may occur within the next twenty or so years, roughly a single human generation.
Horizons and Hope: The Future of Philanthropy
Is the world improvable by means of human intervention? The question can be debated endlessly on a philosophical level, but there is little argument over this basic premise within the community of those engaged in philanthropy. We share a common belief that vigorous investment and intervention can help humanity - and countless individual human beings - to achieve goals starting with basic necessities but extending to the limits of ambition.