DAVID BRIN's public speaking & consulting appearances

David Brin's best-selling novels include The Postman (filmed in 1997) plus explorations of our near-future in Earth and Existence. His award-winning novels and short stories explore vividly speculative ideas through a hard-science lens. His nonfiction book, The Transparent Society, won the American Library Association's Freedom of Speech Award for exploring 21st Century concerns about security, secrecy, accountability and privacy.

This page contains a list of more than 300 of David Brin's past speeches, appearances, conferences and meetings.

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    DAVID BRIN's 2021 appearances

    2021 appearances

  • "Longer range impacts of AI on governance," FWDThinking Group (Canadian civil servants) (12/2021)
  • "Making the most of campus life," American University students (12/2021)
  • "Teilhard's nöosphere and prospects for a rising humanity," PJ Manney podcast (12/2021)
  • “Defense implications of Human Augmentation,” the Australian Defence & Strategic Studies Course (11/2021)
  • “Prospects for Interstellar Travel,” Interstellar Research Group (11/2021)
  • “What’s with those UFOs and UAPs?” Online talk (10/2021)
  • “Repairing the World: is that creative, preserving power in human hands?” Interviewed by John Elkington for Green Swans Observatory (10/2021) (PDF transcription)
  • "UAPs... UFOs... METI and other dull distractions from the real search for others and Otherness," Dragoncon (09/2021)
  • “Our future in space: Moon vs. Asteroids?” Interstellar Research Group conference, Tucson (09/2021)
  • “Magic tricks and secrets of writing fiction,” Apex writing group (zoom) (09/2021)
  • “Flash fiction: Write a compelling story fast!” Space Cowboy Books (zoom) (08/2021)
  • "Can democracy and markets survive?" American Enterprise Institute (07/2021)
  • "Writing tips for rising authors," Odyssey Writer's Workshop, (06/2021)
  • “Falling in love with AI-Bots? Our Future with Superintelligence,” 2b AHEAD Institute conference (05/2021)
  • “The future of self-organized citizenship, ” NSF Smart and Connected Communities Meeting (04/2021)
  • “Unexpected pitfalls and opportunities ahead?” Future Salon with Mark Finners (04/2021)
  • “Parameters for resilience in the future,” Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu (04/2021)
  • “World governance in a complex age,” Atlantic Council Geotech Center (03/2021)
  • “A 30 year perspective on health, education, tech and employment,” AALD Australian-American Leadership Dialogue annual conference (03/2021)
  • “Anticipation, resilience and the toad ahead,” IXDi Interaction design conference (online) (02/2021)
  • “Human prospects across the near, intermediate and far future,” Closer to Truth program (01/2021)

  • DAVID BRIN's 2020 appearances

    2020 appearances

  • "How the Internet of Things could shape the world over the next 30 years," Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the World Economic Forum. (remote) (12/2020)
  • "SETI: the search for life out there: experts update," (remote) (12/2020)
  • "AI & Ethics," panel (remote) (12/2020)
  • "Life and technology and freedom by the year 2050," 2bAhead Future Congress, Berlin (via zoom) (12/2020)
  • "Space Colonization Update 2020," Space Development Conference (remote) (11/2020)
  • "NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts program," ASCEND Conference (remote) (11/2020)
  • "Data Privacy and Sousveillance," for DATA STORIES (remote) Data Science Alliance (11/2020)
  • “Pandemics & Law in Sci-Fi,” U. Michigan (10/2020)
  • “AI & Augmentation: hacking the future,” Prague HCPP hacker conf. (10/2020)
  • “Human Augmentation,” for Australia Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) (09/2020)
  • “Young Innovators Awards: Keynote” MIT (09/2020)
  • "Creating Our Replacements?" San Francisco Regional Mensa (09/2020)
  • “The Territory Ahead: Idiocracy and Oligarchy Meet AI,” SF Bay Area Mensa (09/2020)
  • Can Technology Ameliorate Artisanal Mining in the Developing World?” ConservationX Labs (09/2020)
  • AI, Augmentation and the Future,” Talks at Google: special presentation (08/2020)
  • "Theories of Everything," Into The Impossible with Brian Keating (08/2020)
  • "The Art & Science of Prediction," by Mark Anderson of the Strategic News Service (08/2020)
  • "Predicting the Future," DaVinci Institute (08/2020)
  • "The Creative Process of Authoring," Drinking With Authors (08/2020)
  • “What might become of us?” Humanity+ conference (07/2020)
  • Acuvate panel on the future of the Digital Workplace (06/2020)

  • DAVID BRIN's 2019 appearances

    2019 appearances

  • "Innovation in an Era of Trade Wars," FiRe (Future in Review) Conference, La Jolla CA (10/2019)
  • "Artificial Intelligence: Potential Dangers and Opportunities," ApacheCon, Las Vegas NV (09/2019)
  • "The Future of Urban Design," University of San Diego (USD) Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering (9/2019)
  • "Opportunities & Dangers Beyond the Solar System," Starship Conference, San Diego Aerospace Museum (9/2019)
  • "Are We Alone in the Universe?" Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN (09/2019)
  • Comicon International, San Diego (07/2019)
  • "Our Future in Space," NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center (06/2019)
  • NASA NIAC Orientation Meeting, Washington DC (06/2019)
  • "Resilience in Uncertain Times," Potomac Institute, Washington DC (06/2019)
  • "Blade Runner 2019: Did Life Imitate Art?" UC San Diego Library (05/2019)
  • Comic Fest, San Diego CA (03/2019)
  • "Einstein's Quantum Riddle," Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination, San Diego CA (03/2019)
  • "Radical Economies," Speculative Design for Policy Making, Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination, San Diego CA (02/2019)
  • DAVID BRIN's 2018 appearances

    2018 appearances

  • "Artificial Intelligence: Potential Dangers, Opportunities for Business," VMWare conference, Monterey, CA (11/2018)
  • "Artificial Intelligence: Potential Dangers, Opportunities for Defense," Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey CA (11/2018)
  • "Science Fiction as a brainstorming tool," 2018 Xprize SciFi Visioneering Summit Terranea Resort, Los Angeles (10/2018)
  • "Science Fiction: A Conversation Between Artists and Scientists," for China Central Television (10/2018)
  • "The impact onrushing technology has on people," NIST Information Technology Lab 'Science Day' (skyped) (10/2018)
  • "Modified people & AI: Synergies for Humanity in Space," Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop: The Power of Synergy (skyped)(10/2018)
  • "Ethics in a context of evolution, singularities and the galaxy," World Ethical Data Forum ("WDF") (skyped) (9/2018)
  • "Destabilizing effects of information tech," Political Instability Task Force / Technology and Governance Conference (skyped for Leidos) (7/2018)
  • "2001 a Space Odyssey, at 50," Comicon International, San Diego (7/2018)
  • "Fiction writing tricks of the trade," Gen Con Writer's Symposium (skyped) (7/2018)
  • "Humanity & the Universe: When Life Meets Life Everything will change," Carnegie Institution, Washington D.C. (by Skype) (6/2018)
  • "Our ongoing, impudent rebellion against normality," Graduation commencement speech, UC Santa Cruz (Crown College) (6/2018)
  • "Humanity and the Universe: When Life Meets Life..." Carnegie Origins program (by Skype) Washington DC (6/2018)
  • "The Solar Probe Mission: envisioning a deeper dive," Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Baltimore, MD (6/2018)
  • "Does science fiction still inform space policy?" NASA HQ, Washington DC (6/2018)
  • "Our minefield of dangers and threats," Aerospace Corp. and a 'DC Agency.' Washington DC (6/2018)
  • Master of Ceremonies, Pioneer Awards to Frank Drake etc., International Space Development Conference, Los Angeles, CA (5/2018)
  • "National and planetary security: the danger of conflict in space," Northrup-Grumman, Redondo, CA (5/2018)
  • "Opportunities, dangers and destiny in the Solar System... and beyond," Julian Schwinger Colloquium at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (5/2018)
  • "Daily life will change along with technology," STW-2018 corporate conference, Shenzhen, China (5/2018)
  • "Science Fiction in the Asian Future," Southern Technical University, Shenzhen, China (5/2018)
  • "Frank Herbert’s mastery of point-of-view," Slusser conference on science fiction literature. UC Irvine, Irvine, CA(4/2018)
  • "Technological Threats," TRADOC Mad Scientist Program, Palo Alto (3/2018)
  • "Our Future in Space" and "Fiction Can Change Society," Roscon19: Russia National Science Fiction Convention, Moscow, Russia (3/2018)
  • "Can we predict?" Bookvoed: St. Petersburg, Russia (3/2018)
  • "Understanding the Aurorae," AmEx “Northern Lights” expedition, Kaukslattanen Arctic Resort, Finland (3/2018)
  • "Cyber security and 'pre-crime' predictive policing," Panel at South by Southwest, Austin TX (3/2018)
  • "Use Political Judo, Not Sumo," California Democratic Party Convention. San Diego, CA (2/2018)

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    a brief intro to science fiction author DAVID BRIN

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    DAVID BRIN author


    David Brin's science fiction 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. They range from bold and prophetic explorations of our near-future to Brin's Uplift series, envisioning galactic issues of sapience and destiny (and star-faring dolphins!). Learn More

    shorter fiction

    Short stories and novellas have different rhythms and artistic flavor, and Brin's short stories and novellas, several of which earned Hugo and other awards, exploit that difference to explore a wider range of real and vividly speculative ideas. Many have been selected for anthologies and reprints, and most have been published in anthology form. Learn More

    Contrary Brin blog

    Since 2004, David Brin has maintained a blog about science, technology, science fiction, books, and the future — themes his science fiction and nonfiction writings continue to explore. Learn More

    social media influencer

    Who could've predicted that social media — indeed, all of our online society — would play such an important role in the 21st Century — restoring the voices of advisors and influencers! Lively and intelligent comments spill over onto Brin's social media pages. Learn More

    DAVID BRIN scientist


    David Brin's Ph.D in Physics from the University of California at San Diego (the lab of nobelist Hannes Alfven) followed a masters in optics and an undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Caltech. Every science show that depicts a comet now portrays the model developed in Brin's PhD research. Learn More

    transparency expert

    Brin's non-fiction book, The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Freedom and Privacy?, continues to receive acclaim for its accuracy in predicting 21st Century concerns about online security, secrecy, accountability and privacy. Learn More

    speaker & consultant

    Brin speaks plausibly and entertainingly about trends in technology and society to audiences willing to confront the challenges that our rambunctious civilization will face in the decades ahead. He also talks about the field of science fiction, especially in relation to his own novels and stories. To date he has presented at more than 300 meetings, conferences, corporate retreats and other gatherings. Learn More

    future/tech advisor

    Brin advises corporations and governmental and private defense- and security-related agencies about information-age issues, scientific trends, future social and political trends, and education. Urban Developer Magazine named him one of four World's Best Futurists, and he was appraised as "#1 influencer" in Onalytica's Top 100 report of Artificial Intelligence influencers, brands & publications. Past consultations include Google, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and many others. Learn More

    Contacting BRIN

    All the Ways in the World to Reach David Brin

    an ornery, contrary BLOG, and other insightful wormholes!

    Do not enter if you want a standard "Party" line! Contrary Brin's incendiary posts on science, sci-fi and politics and its engaged, opinionated community poke at too-rigid orthodoxies, proposing ideas and topics that fascinate — and infuriate. See for yourself, and if you like — subscribe for more.

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