Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds interviews sf author Vernor Vinge

On the "Glenn and Helen Show" podcast this week, an interview with Hugo winner Vernor Vinge about his new novel, Rainbow's End." Glenn Reynolds explains:

We talk to him about the Singularity — and how it may come from the superhuman "ensemble behavior" of ordinary humans with powerful computers linked via the Internet rather than through the development of superhuman artificial intelligence — about signposts indicating how we're doing, about humanity's prospects for utopia or extinction, and related minor issues. We also discussed writing science fiction (the secret, he says, is "brain parasitism," taking advantage of readers' smarts), whether college is becoming obsolete, mind uploading, and the joys (or lack thereof) of virtual-reality sex, a question that perplexes Helen.