David and Jay spend the first half hour talking about privacy, security and transparency referring to David's The Transparent Society. Still current, and positively prophetic about the role of ubiquitous cameras, TTS explores the necessity of creating two-way transparency, where government and powerful private interests are required to be as transparent as ordinary citizens. David continues to explore transparency issues, as Brin's corollary to Moore's Law (cameras will get smaller, cheaper, more numerous and more mobile every year) continues its relentless march.
Then SETI. And SF/Fantasy
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. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages.
His 1989 ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near-future trends such as the World Wide Web*. A 1998 movie, directed by Kevin Costner, was loosely based on The Postman.
Brin serves on advisory committees dealing with subjects as diverse as national defense and homeland security, astronomy and space exploration, SETI and nanotechnology, future/prediction and philanthropy. His non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- deals with secrecy in the modern world. It won the Freedom of Speech Prize from the American Library Association.
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.")