Neal Stephenson talks REAMDE with lawyers, security experts

Here's a video from a recent U Washington Law School panel discussion with Neal Stephenson regarding his video-game crime-thriller REAMDE. The law school assembled cyber lawyers, security experts from the computer science department, and Stephenson himself, and discussed the real-world implications for the sorts of business, technology, security and crime described in the (excellent) book. This video would probably work better as an MP3 -- there's not much in the video track beyond a nearly static image of the panel -- but the actual content is fascinating.

Update: Here's the MP3, courtesy of U Washington.

2012 10 18 LTA Bookclub Neal StephensonHQ

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6 Responses to “Neal Stephenson talks REAMDE with lawyers, security experts”

  1. DewiMorgan says:

    I still keep reading it as README, rather than REAMED.

    • Jesse Tokarz says:

      It’s neither of those. REAMDE (the actual title of the book) is an intentional misspelling of README, and in the book is the name of a computer virus that sets much of the plot in motion. The misspelling supposedly makes it more likely that people will click on and open the virus, if I recall correctly.

  2. Paul Renault says:

    Neal Stephenson is a lawyer?  (note that he didn’t raise his hand at the 1:20 mark.

    /Downloadhelper + Registration = MP3 of the talk!  Perfect for long drives.

  3. invisiblemonkey says:

    Jdownloader is handy for grabbing MP3 rips of YouTube videos. If you’re not careful, it’ll grab every quality level of video too, which, if you’re into that, is cool too. 

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