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Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist.
Cory is the MIT Media Lab’s Activist in Residence and a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties.
He also holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor.
01:57 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:47 Brian’s Introduction.
05:24 Cory’s observations on the UK and World property market.
10:03 The impact upon the poor of rising property prices.
11:56 Pros and cons of living in Burbank, Los Angeles State.
15:13 View from America of the forthcoming Presidential election.
17:40 Five years on from ‘Trumpism’, what may be happening if we’re not digging through the rubble.
28:10 Cory fears a major risk is people’s nihilism, but the contradictions are not intractable
31:03 What connecting with characters and situations in books and allows people to do.
39:34 Authors and fanfic.
41:00 How Cory started writing and persevering when feeling uninspired.
44.57 How Cory manages to be such a prolific writer.
47:24 Taking a broader vision of what it means to be published.
53:02 Difference between a blog and publishing.
56:00 Publishing, the discipline of doing something for someone else.
58:18 Team building and team performance.
1:01:00 Managing daily family routines around a working couple.
1:02:20 Cory’s role at MIT Media Lab and the Forbidden Research project.
1:14:53 What Aaron Swartz’ suicide has emphasized.
1:22:14 Using the hill climbing algorithm analogy when there seems no way forward.
1:23:38 Cory defines his role as an activist.
1:24:24 The reasons for Cory’s involvement in the SOPA and Mozilla campaigns.
1:34:26 A future world where our assets cease to be ours.
1:35:39 What in future we should be aware of from Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft.
1:39:51 Two fundamental principles for future use of computers and systems.
1:41:48 Which vision of the future are we heading towards, ‘1984’ or ‘Brave New World’?
1:42:32 Cory’s view of the future for social media.
1:48:28 What the future looks like in Cory’s next book ‘Walk Away’.
1:51:19 Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada.
1:51:28 A post-scarcity society.
1:52:42 What is meant by positional goods.
1:55:45 Example of a post-scarcity world.
1:58:09 Exciting initial response to ‘Walk Away’.
1:58:42 Success Secrets?
1:59:33 Does Cory ever fear for his safety or feel watched?
2:04:07 Phone call to the 20 year old Cory Doctorow.
2:05:13 Best advice ever received.
2:06:04 Advice to young people who don’t want to have privacy issues in later life.
2:09:36 Brian’s summing up.
Douglas Adams – A Towel quote
Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
‘The Planet Remade’ by Oliver Morton
‘Make Room! Make Room!’ by Harry Harrison
Sermon on the Mount
‘Nineteen Eighty Four’ by George Orwell
Yes Minister – Big Brother episode
Romeo and Juliet
‘Messy’ by Tim Harford
MIT Media Lab
MIT Forbidden Research Project
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Hill climbing algorithm
Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)
Digital Economy Act 2010
Digital rights management (DRM)
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
European Copyright Directive 2001 (EUCD)
Radio-frequency identification (RFI:D)
Edible ink printing
Printed circuit board
Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley
‘It’s Complicated’ by danah boyd
‘Capital in the Twenty First Century’ by Thomas Piketty
Burning Man, Nevada
Black Lives Matter
People mentioned in this episode:
Robert A Heinlein
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Patrick Nielsen Hayden