Bruce Sterling talks technology and science fiction with Intel's futurist Brian David Johnson

Intel futurist Brian David Johnson continues his excellent "Tomorrow Project" with the first of a series of videos of his dialog with Bruce Sterling. In this opening installment, Sterling describes the impact that technology had on the science fiction writers of his generation (specifically, what the word processor did to cyberpunk) and how that figured into the process deployed by him and William Gibson as they worked on The Difference Engine.

Embracing the Future – Part 1: Conversation with Bruce Sterling & Brian David Johnson | The Tomorrow Project (Thanks, Brian!)


  1. The sound of Bruce Sterling’s voice always seems to remind me of something he said in Freedom Downtime (a documentary about Kevin Mitnick and hacking in general). He was talking about Tsutomu Shimomura (The FBI consultant who helped track Mitnick down) hacking a cell phone in front of a couple of FBI agents and Congressmen. “This fucker’s got balls the size of durian fruit.”

  2. It’s obvious that Sterling respects his interviewer here. He is slower and less snarky than usual. Good model for any aspiring journalists out there, Brian David Johnson I mean.

    1. I talked to Sterling one-on-one a bit at the BoingBoing meetup in LA last summer, and listened in on his conversations with others, and he is one of the most interesting conversationalists I’ve ever talked to. He understands the audience perfectly and both speaks to their level of understanding and knows just what to say and ask to prompt you to get your own interesting thoughts out on the subject of the conversation (that you may not have realized you even had). 

      I spoke to him in private in the corner of the room for only a few minutes but we covered several topics (among them augmented reality a la Virtual Light, world travel, love(!), and more) and I felt a lot smarter afterwards ;)

  3. Sterling: It’s actually making some very somber kinds of finger-wagging political state….
    Intel: Cue the cut-off music!

  4. Cory, whenever there’s an embedded video on BB with a link through, my Chrome browser throws up an error:
    This webpage is not availableGoogle Chrome’s connection attempt to was rejected.

    Do you know why this always happens, and what I can do to fix this?

  5. Futurism seems like a rare and valuable skill in a world wear most corporations seem unable to predict the present.

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