NEXT FRIDAY, May 7: David Brin - PROBING FOR QUICKSAND: PEERING AHEAD INTO TOMORROW'S WORLD
- EVENT: San Diego Futurists
GUEST SPEAKER: David Brin
TALK: Probing for Quicksand
WHEN: May 7, 2004: 8 - 9:30 pm (1st Friday of every month).
*** THIS MONTH'S PRESENTATION WILL START AT 8 PM. FEEL FREE TO GET THERE
AT 7 PM FOR DISCUSSIONS. DAVID BRIN WILL BE THERE AT 8 PM. ***
WHERE: Barnes Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego, CA 92126.
MORE INFO: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sdfuturists/
TOPIC:"Probing For Quicksand: How We Peer a Bit Ahead, Into Tomorrow's
The new millennium has people pondering the future as never before. We
already devote much of our economy to all kinds of forecasting, from
weather reports and stock analyses to financial and strategic planning,
from sports handicapping to urban design, from political prophets to
those charlatans on psychic hotlines. Which variety of seer you listen
to can often be a matter of style. Some prefer horoscopes, while others
like to hear consultants in Armani suits present a convincing "business
There are good reasons for concern, ranging all the way from terrorism
to economic uncertainty in a technology-driven world. Economies still
suffer from boom-bust cycles. "Agility" appears to be the watch word of
the Twenty-First Century. What products and services will consumers need
in the decade or two just ahead? What threats and opportunities should
companies, institutions and private individuals prepare for?
Together, let's explore a range of possible changes and challenges that
we may face in the near
future... and some plausible visions of the territory just beyond.
BIO: David Brin, scientist, science fiction author
David Brin is a scientist, public speaker, and author. Several of his
novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo,
Nebula and other awards. 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*. His fifteen novels have been translated into
more than twenty languages.
Brin's 1998 non-fiction book, *The Transparent Society: Will Technology
Force Us to Choose Between Freedom and Privacy*, deals with a wide range
of threats and opportunities facing our wired society during the
information age. His chief argument, that openness is more effective
than secrecy at fostering freedom, sparked controversy and garnered the
prestigious Freedom of Speech Prize from the American Library
David Brin's papers in scientific journals cover an eclectic range of
topics from astronautics, astronomy, and optics to alternative dispute
resolution and the role of neoteny in human evolution. His Ph.D in Space
Physics from the University of California at San Diego 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.
David's latest 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. DC/Wildstorm recently released a 144-page hardcover
graphic novel, *The Life Eaters*, which they called "the most exciting
work in our field since Watchmen."
- If anyone would like to rideshare down to SD from Santa Monica to see David
Brin (leaving 3pm or so), please email me at TheGreyman@.... We should be
back 1am or so.
2nd I'll be giving an updated presentation to the OC-CHI (Orange Country -
Computer Human Interaction) if anyone is interested.
Wednesday, May 5th at Alteer Corp., 6:00 pm
Speaker: Troy Gardner, Intrio
Talk: HCI (Human Computer Interfaces): Bridging the Gap Between the Humans and
OC CHI is proud to present Troy Gardner, inventor and entrepreneur. In his
talk, Troy will discuss HCI- what it is, its history, present and speculation
on it's future. Imagine a three lane highway, each lane corresponding to a
tier of the interface: humans (cognition and our sensing/motor skills),
machines (software/hardware and corresponding sensors/cognition/actuation), and
the bridges between them (interfaces/interaction). With each tier, we'll
consider where they are going/converging. Along the way Troy will cover topics
including how we got to where we are and how our sensory/motor skills have
evolved from looms to punchcards to keyboards, mice and the many alternate
interfaces available now (such as eye mice) that flow out of specialized needs
(e.g. normalizing the handicapped). Troy will also discuss his own research
into new interface designs (namely, the Flickey input device) and some of the
challenges still left, speculation on the future of HCI, drawing on ideas
presented in science fiction (Star Trek, The Matrix, etc).
If you plan to attend, please send email to Chris Jensen at
Directions to Alteer
4 Venture, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92618
Directions from the North:
Take 405 Freeway South.
Take 133 North, exit immediately at "Barranca Parkway."
Turn Left on Pacifica at the first traffic light.
At the next light, stay on Pacifica, crossing Barranca Parkway.
Turn right on Venture.
Park in the second lot on your left at the "Spectrum Business Center" sign.
Directions from the South:
Take I-5 Freeway North.
Take Alton Parkway exit.
Turn left on Alton Parkway.
Drive across Irvine Center Drive
Turn right on Pacifica
Drive across Barranca Parkway
Turn right on Venture.
Park in the second lot on your right at the "Spectrum Business Center" sign.
ACM OC CHI secretary
Troy Gardner -"How you live your seconds, is how you live your days, is how you live your life..."
http://www.troygardner.com -my world, philosophy, music, writings.
http://www.troyworks.com -consulting & training in Flash, Java, and C#
http://www.intrio.com -helping bridge the gap between the humans and machines. Home of the Flickey�