How to prepare for big changes in media

How to prepare for big changes in media

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Well, I'm attending a really good conference sponsored by the Aspen Institute, and I'm learning a lot.

There was a really good presentation on Second Life, a massively shared multiplayer virutal reality. However, it proved to be really hard to explain what the deal is, to people who haven't seen it.

I suggested taking a look at Snow Crash, a seminal cyberpunk novel by Neal Stephenson, who's a major influence on me. The presenter also suggested True Names, by Vernor Vinge, also a personal influence.

The deal is that for maybe ten years, near term science fiction writers have been describing the media world being built today. They also help shape it, since there's a relatively tight feedback loop between the writers, who talk to the developers, and the developers, who read science fiction.

Ironically, in an adventure in nostalgia, I'll be talking about this in two weeks, at the World Science Fiction Convention, LAcon. I need to suggest more writers and novels in a subsequent blog entry.

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