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Episode Info: In one of the most QUOTABLE episodes of Future Fossils yet, this week’s guest is Eliot Peper – a “novelist and strategist” writing fiction and consulting businesses about the social implications of disruptive technologies.  In addition to writing a steady stream of sci-fi inflected techno-thrillers like True Blue and Cumulus, he’s an editor at Scout.AI (one of the cooler speculative fiction websites I’ve seen out there).   http://www.eliotpeper.com/ http://scout.ai/   We Discuss: • The power of science fiction to help us imagine future scenarios; • The possible social impact of radical life extension (gerontocratic radical conservatives vs. an emergent mature wisdom culture); • The Superstar Effect and how it might play out in the digital age; • The awesomeness of Cory Doctorow’s latest novel, Walkaway; • Eliot’s skepticism of mind uploading and conscious AI; • The specter of technological unemployment; • Science fiction’s growing significance to corporate think-tanks and creative labs in a future-facing society; • How science fiction is like traveling to a foreign country – and teaches us more about our own moment than it does about the future; • And More!   Quotes: “We don’t call it ‘life extension,’ we just call it ‘healthcare.’” “I think there is a very misleading public discussion going on around these topics [mind uploading and conscious AI], for a very simple reason.  And that is – and I know this as a storyteller – metaphors matter…the human mind is very poor at distinguishing metaphor from reality.  That’s what makes art fun!  That’s what makes novels entertaining.  We experience them as if they are real.  Money is that.Read more »

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