Disruption happens when the future arrives faster than we anticipated. We’ve had plenty of that lately, but as far as the disruption from artificial intelligence is concerned, it’s only warming up. Sink, swim, or surf: how do you want to handle the waves of change AI is bringing?

To help us stretch our imagination, this episode’s mind-blowing guests are Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, science fiction authors with numerous credits in science fiction and Hollywood for over thirty years, particularly in the Star Trek universe, writing novels such as Memory Prime and Prime Directive and with writer and producer credits on the series Star Trek Enterprise. They’ve helped NASA with visioning future goals through a Space Policy workshop, they’ve helped Disney design theme park rides, and they won the Constellation award for creating the series Primeval: New World.

In this episode, we talk about their experiences in the world of science fiction and how they’ve changed with the pandemic, adventures helping NASA, the aspirations of Star Trek, and their thoughts about what advanced AIs would really be like.  All that and our customary look at today’s headlines in AI.

Transcript at HumanCusp Blog.

 Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

Posted by Peter Scott

Peter Scott’s résumé reads like a Monty Python punchline: half business coach, half information technology specialist, half teacher, three-quarters daddy. After receiving a master’s degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University, he has worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an employee and contractor for over thirty years, helping advance our exploration of the Solar System. Over the years, he branched out into writing technical books and training. Yet at the same time, he developed a parallel career in “soft” fields of human development, getting certifications in NeuroLinguistic Programming from founder John Grinder and in coaching from the International Coaching Federation. In 2007 he co-created a convention honoring the centennial of the birth of author Robert Heinlein, attended by over 700 science fiction fans and aerospace experts, a unique fusion of the visionary with the concrete. Bridging these disparate worlds positions him to envisage a delicate solution to the existential crises facing humanity. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two daughters, writing the Human Cusp blog on dealing with exponential change.

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