Documenting the Coming Singularity

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Excellent Interview: Vernor Vinge on Tech's Future

A podcast interview with Vernor Vinge, whose 1981 novel, True Names, foretold the near-future of the Internet with unbelievable accuracy, and whose most recent novel, Rainbows End, moves us to another near-future circa 2025.

Of course it is remarkably courageous to write near-future sci-fi, knowing as one must that one's prognostications may be disproven, most embarrassingly, within one's lifetime. But the technological background that permeates Rainbows End will very probably be very close to the one that is actually realized in the next 15 to 20 years.

If you'd like to have an idea of what the Internet will look like in that time frame, I strongly recommend that you read Rainbows End (see my review on the Page Turner blog) and listen to this excellent podcast interview here.

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