Here's some recent interviews and talks I've given
From OSCON '09, the 2009 O'Reilly Open Source conference, my talk on "The Rewilding: A Metaphor:"
The Credibility of the "Technological Singularity"
On February 12, 2010, I sat down with science fiction writers Vernor Vinge, Charles Stross, and Aleister Reynolds to discuss one of popular culture's the most influential ideas about the future: the notion of the technological singularity. Vinge originated this idea back in the 1980s; Wikipedia defines it this way:
Although technological progress has been accelerating, it has been limited by the basic intelligence of the human brain, which has not changed significantly for millennia. However with the increasing power of computers and other technologies, it might soon be possible to build a machine that is fundamentally more intelligent than man.
If such a machine were built, then the machine itself could build a more intelligent machine. If the machine is more intelligent than man, then presumably it would be better at building a more intelligent machine. The more intelligent machine would then be better at building an even more intelligent machine. This process might continue exponentially, with ever more intelligent machines making bigger increments to the intelligence of the next machine. (This process is refered to as Recursive self improvement.)
Here is the hour-long discussion we held on the subject.
The Agenda with Steve Paiken
The Agenda is a TV Ontario talk program that ranges over a spectacular range of subjects. On October 19, 2009, I was invited to participate in a panel discussion on the future of space exploration and colonization. You can visit the TVO website page dedicated to this episode here or just watch it below:
There's a couple of interviews of me over at the Cult Pop website. (These are flash formatted, and again I can't embed them directly here.) They're well worth looking at, though, as the Cult Pop guys run a relaxed show and take their time to ask good and in-depth questions.
Wambutu with Dani and Eytan Kollin
Science fiction writing team and brothers Dani and Eytan Kollin interviewed me about my upcoming projects on February 26, 2010.