DAVID BRIN's speaking references and recommendations

David Brin's best-selling novels include The Postman (filmed in 1997) plus explorations of our near-future in Earth and Existence. His award-winning novels and short stories explore vividly speculative ideas through a hard-science lens. His nonfiction book, The Transparent Society, won the American Library Association's Freedom of Speech Award for exploring 21st Century concerns about security, secrecy, accountability and privacy.

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    Talks at Google: "AI, Augmentation and the Future"

    “Thank you David for your wonderful, expansive Google Talk for our Google Team. It was definitely appreciated — I've gotten quite a bit of positive feedback from folks who attended.”
    James Freedman, organizer

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    "Young Innovators Awards: Keynote" MIT

    "It was utterly fascinating — thank you so much for coming to class! I think the students got a ton out of it; much appreciated!"
    Nicholson Price, Prof. U. Michigan Law School

    San Francisco Regional Mensa

    "Thank you for speaking to our organization. Members really enjoyed your presentation. AI and digital / genetic enhancement is fascinating and scary at the same time. The recording has now been uploaded."
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    Australia Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC)

    “Thank you for your engaging and informative discussion. I have received very good feedback from the course body. I will recommend that we include you in the lineup for future iterations of the Defence and Strategic Studies Course.”
    Group Captain Mark McCallum

    National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

    "Thank you for participating in NIST ITL’s Science Day. Your talk was on target and very well received. The best part was hearing co-workers say that you got them thinking about the implications of their work. Thank you again."
    Brian Stanton, Group Leader: Information Access Division

    Naval Postgraduate School

    "David, I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to share your thoughts with so many from around our community. The buzz has been outstanding, with many requests for the trons to your slide deck. I was particularly struck by how so many of the themes you identified so long ago — back when we were first in touch — so accurately glimpsed what was coming. Kudos!"
    John Arquilla, faculty

    Viacom Corp.

    "I want to thank you again for your presentations and discussions with the our engineering team at Viacom. It's was very inspirational for everyone. I've gotten so many compliments! Even though we work for a content company we don't get much opportunity to meet authors of your stature and achievement. And yet it's the love of great works of art and science that keep most of our engineers at Viacom and not at a pure tech company. So thanks again for all that you do and for giving us a lot to think about!"
    John Pavley

    NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center

    "What a great visit. You got a great audience for a summer talk. We are getting wonderful comments from folks who enjoyed meeting you and hearing you. You managed to get some folks to think fresh about a number of things."
    Dr. Ken Carpenter

    Crown College, UC Santa Cruz

    "One of the best-ever commencement addresses. David, Thank you again for speaking at our Commencement. I learned immensely from our conversations, and our various guests had a wonderful time with you. So did the parents and graduates at Commencement."
    Manel Camps, Provost

    "Sensors/Sensing" Annual Review

    "Thanks for the outstanding presentation... It was by all accounts the most successful review ever, due in significant measure to your contribution."
    Dean Robert W. Conn, UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering (c/o Kelly Briggs)

    Apache Software Foundation

    "I'd like to thank you again for a most excellent keynote. I thought that your concept of the 'Maturity Principle' (which I first read in your book) was an excellent analogy of open source technology and the members seemed genuinely inspired!"
    Ken Coar and Jim Jagielski

    Santa Barbara Writers Conference 2017

    "David, What a brilliant and inspiring talk. I loved your animation and meaning. We were so honored to have you with us tonight."
    Grace Rachow, Director

    GE Global Research

    "David. Thanks again for your wonderful contributions to our GE Whitney Symposium. Much stimulated discussion ensued!"
    Martha M. Gardner, Ph.D., Chief Scientist

    "a certain intelligence agency"

    "Thanks again for your talk at our place. We've been leaning heavily on the ideas, especially strengthening our partnership with the citizenry to build resilience in our society. As ISIS and other groups leverage "super-empowered angry young men" to crowdsouce terrorism, we want to find a way to crowdsouce a response, or even better, a (metaphorical) vaccine against radicalization."

    Improbable Ltd., London

    "David, thank you so much for sparing the time not only to join us over the last two days, but also in giving a masterful introduction. Throughout, I had your words of tolerance, diversity, and eccentricity foremost in my mind. More than that, I was grateful to hear someone remind us, particularly the entertainers, of how our communities often come to the aid of neighbours in need. That's much more of the world I want to live and imagine."
    Oliver Lewis, VP of Development.

    Cloud Computing Conference

    "David, thank you for an engaging and thought-provoking presentation. I heard nothing but praise for your presentation and numerous comments about various points you raised."
    Chuck Brown

    IBM's World of Watson

    "David, thanks for a great gig last week at IBM’s World of Watson event in Las Vegas. All of the feedback has been really positive. Your presentation — and the book signing — were terrific. Thanks for being so great to work with, on-stage and off, & for doing an excellent job! Hope to do this with you again soon!
    Mark Felix, Director/Drury Entertainment Group

    Facebook Headquarters

    "It was a great honor to have you speak on campus. I am a huge fan of your books, and you did not disappoint in person. You achieve a rare combination of originality, intellectual rigor, and fun."
    Steven Young

    Bard College

    "I would like again to thank you for your incredible enthusiasm and the energy you brought to Bard during your time as our first National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Visiting Fellow. You went above and beyond expectations. I greatly enjoyed and appreciated your efforts and your willingness to engage students for hours and hours. The openness and fun you bring to big questions is infectious. I hope many took solace in not only your ideas but your approach of addressing future challenges with guarded, can-do optimism."
    Roger Berkowitz, Director, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities

    The Atlantic Council

    "Thank you for committing to spending the time supporting the Atlantic Council's project once again. You're a great role model as a mentor and as a writer (an admirable combination)."
    August Cole

    Innovation Outreach Program

    "Please accept my thanks — and those of the IOP community — for making time to join us this week in Amsterdam and for your fine presentation. Your speaker evaluations were quite favorable, in the "world class" range. Another indicator of excellence was the number of times your session was referenced, either by subsequent speakers or by the attendees during discussion times. On behalf of our member companies, we're very grateful for your outstanding contribution to the success of the event."
    Joel Nagy, Director


    "David, you were referred to frequently after you had to leave the Boeing 2016 100th anniversary conference. Many later presenters quoted you. Your participation was very stimulating and highly valued."
    Glen Hiemstra


    "David, thanks again for this year's CTO creativity challenge exercise. In this case, the results are going to be much more long lasting than just being "a show"!"
    Larry Smarr, Director

    SEA-VR Conference

    "An amazing and on-target talk to our SEA-VR conference, David. Our attendees could not stop talking about it."
    Tom Furness ("Father of virtual and augmented reality")

    International Association of Privacy Professionals

    "I just wanted to reiterate my thanks for your keynote and participation on my panel discussion last week. Man, I had fun, and we've been receiving ecstatic feedback from symposium participants! Let's do this again."
    Sam Pfeifle

    National Intelligence Council

    "Dear David, thank you for everything — your support, ideas, and participating in the NIC quadrennial forecast, "Global Trends: Paradox of Progress." Your generosity in time, smarts, and elbow grease as well as patience and good humor helped us continue the NIC tradition of ever-more sophisticated futures analysis."
    Suzanne E. Fry, Director, Strategic Futures Group

    The Atlantic Council

    "Thank you so much for your remarks at the Atlantic Council's Disrupting Defense: Dynamic Security in an Age of New Technologies conference staged by the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Your plea for government to take the citizenry into account in all of its actions was well-received and very important. Further, your discussion of America's ability to anticipate the next war, but not coming surprises, was an insightful contribution. We were honored you were able to come to Washington early to share your thoughts with us."
    Barry Pavel, Director: Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security

    Oregon State University

    "David, your mini-residency at Oregon State exceeded all our expectations. You worked hard and thrilled every class and audience, in every subject."
    Charles Robinson, Professor

    "Star Trek: Secrets of the Universe"

    "David, thank you for letting us interview you! Your insights added a great deal to the show, as you can see from how often we put you on-screen. I hope the show finds you a ton of new readers. Please thank your family for letting us invade your home. It was an honor to work with you. I hope we have a chance to work together or talk in the future."
    Sean Sakomoto, Producer of the History Channel show

    The 451 Group

    "Thank you again for speaking at Uptime Institute Symposium. The feedback on your presentation to 1,000+ attendees was outstanding and I personally found both the presentation, and our conversation at the reception, very stimulating."
    Bill Rock

    University of California, San Diego

    "After one day of recuperation from the big event I want to take this opportunity to THANK YOU so much for the powerful speech you gave at the SME Inauguration. We had lots of very positive feedback. Everyone I talked to was excited by your fascinating and stimulating remarks!"
    Frieder Seible, Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering

    CSU Northridge

    "Simply a fantastic presentation, David. You had us all spellbound in the tornado of unexpected ideas."
    Mark Stover, Dean


    "David, your company-wide was very well-attended and generated animated discussion of the wide-ranging ideas. Come back soon."
    Curtis Wong, Principal, Interface Development

    Future in Review Conference

    "David, you did an AMAZING job on this year's CTO challenge!"
    Sharon Anderson, Executive Director

    PayPal, eBay & BillMeLater

    "David - on behalf of PayPal, eBay and BillMeLater, thank you for your terrific keynote for the conference of senior managers. It was really well received and from what I hear, you got a lot of people thinking about connections to our business they might not have noticed otherwise."
    Alex Tosheff, Chief Information Security Officer

    U.S. Air Force

    "The US Air Force ran a six month Delphi effort in which "Oracles" provided insight into potential futures for the USAF. The Oracles are tops in their fields, ranging from Hugo, Nebula, Campbell and Locus Award-winning science fiction writer and astrophysicist Dr. David Brin, who authored Earth, Foundation's Triumph, The Uplift War, and The Postman, to US Air Force Senior Mentor Lt Gen Mike Short, who led NATO's air campaign in the Kosovo and Serbia without single NATO casualty in combat. Many of the Oracles command a high fee for their expertise, but all worked on this project pro bono out of a sense of patriotism, academic curiosity, professional interest, friendship or some combination of the above."
    Julian Chesnutt (Department of Defense) and Timothy Mack (World Future Society)

    Casey Research

    "I've long been a big fan of David Brin, whose Uplift series about humanity's lifting other species of animals to human intelligence will prove extremely predictive. His book Earth accurately foresaw, among other things, what's now happening with everyone having web-linked video cameras, recording everything."
    Doug Casey (international investment guru)

    Conference on Engineering Software

    "Your keynote was right on target and did exactly what we asked: Get minds in gear in an expansive mode."
    Brad Holtz, President & CEO, Cyon Research Corporation

    Intuit, Inc.

    "Thank you again for a stellar presentation at TEDxIntuit!"
    Anthony Coglianese

    Zimmer-Gunsel-Frasca Partnership

    "We very much appreciated your participation in our Partner/Principal Retreat in Tucson. Our group was very interested in what you had to say about both past and present, and as I observed our Principals downloading to our staff upon their return, it was apparent that your ideas about the future were both thought-provoking and stimulating."
    Ellen Gyllstrom (Portland, Oregon)

    The MITRE Corporation

    "This was a great inspirational event as so many people commented on it. Thanks! The content of your message was powerful and influential, as you helped reconfirm and encourage people to formulate new future directions that they might otherwise never have been envisioned at all."
    Nahum D. Gershon

    89.3 KPCC-FM

    "Thanks again for being part of our "kick-off" program for the KPCC Crawford Forum science series (broadcast on our NPR station). The audience loved it, and we all learned a lot — you certainly do have a lot of fans! We hope we can have you with us again at some time in the not too distant future."
    Janice Watje-Hurst, Associate Producer Crawford Family Forum

    Qualcomm Innovation Network

    "Terrific feedback from everybody involved, David. Our people found it stimulating to converse with someone who has perspicaciously synthesized so many surprising patterns in human behavior and technology (enthusiastically) and who offers positive, pragmatic suggestions for our company evolution. One team member left 'with all kinds of ideas and motivation for being creative and innovative, both at work and outside.' Thanks again and we'll stay in touch."
    Ricardo dos Santos

    CDM Camp Dresser & McKee Inc.

    "Many, many thanks for an exhilarating evening. Your remarks launched another 48 hours of discussion and dialogue. Most importantly, you created the context for one of the best planning meetings we ever held. Your 5% creative thinking challenge and encouragement to accept criticism as a way of ensuring success stuck with us throughout our meeting — much better ideas offered with much less defensiveness. Fears were lowered and the boundaries of concern widened. We all really appreciated your intelligence, insights, and most importantly your engaging and open style."
    Paul R. Brown, President: Public Services Group

    Stanford University

    "Fabulous! Your provocative future scenarios, your explanation of developmental trends in technology and your balanced, nuanced delivery got folks energized like no speaker we've had before. I think the truest mark of a great speaker is their popularity in the hallways afterward, and on that score you again exceeded all expectations. It was great to see how many groups self-organized to discuss the issues you raised for the remainder of the weekend. Passionate engagement, incisive thinking, rapid references to the key ideas in the value space, enlightened and centered solutions... You set a standard for us all to achieve."
    John Smart, Accelerating Change

    The Atlantic Council

    "David, thanks again for joining us last week for in-depth consultations about future global trends. I think all who participated found the discussion extremely interesting, useful and fun. I hope we can continue this conversation in the future, as we discussed."
    Bannig Garrett, Director of Global Trends


    "You were wonderful beyond even my exaggerated expectations. You are a hero to these business people (and, not to put too fine a point on it, have made me also a hero for finding you)..."
    Guy Iannuzzi, Biotechnology Executives Networking Breakfast

    San Diego Foundation

    "Thank you, David! I'm really looking forward to watching the recording, and I heard only rave reviews. Thanks for fitting us into your busy schedule and kicking off our series with a bang."
    Katie King

    University of California, San Diego

    "David, Thank you for being an integral part of our 2007 "Dinner in the Library"... we were very pleased to feature an alumnus as our after-dinner speaker. You are a perfect example of what UCSD's integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum can produce — innovative research, ground-breaking ideas, and a roadmap into the future. We appreciate your talents and all that you have given back through your writing and consulting. With very best wishes and much gratitude."
    Brian Schottlander, Geisel University Librarian

    Card Tech West

    "Dear David, We enjoyed meeting you and hearing your presentation. You were interesting, amusing, and challenging; I wish we had a video, but we do have the audio tape, which I have already listened to, in its entirety. We all feel delighted you came up to be our keynote speaker. My opinion was validated by the speaker evaluations. You were our highest scoring speaker with the following scores: (5 = highest) Knowledge of subject: 5.0; Audio/visual: 3.4; Style/Organization: 4.67; Value of Talk: 4.67; Weighted Average: 4.57... Comments by attendees: 1. Well done! 2. In 9 years of conferences, this is the first time I bought an audio tape. 3. Excellent, brilliant! Attendees appreciated the book signing.... Thanks again and if you every need a reference for speaking, give me a call."
    Liz Wenchel, (301-654-0551)

    Institute for the Future

    "David, I just looked in my email box and realized my earlier thank you to you bounced back. Gad! Especially as you were absolutely spectacular — you completely stole the meeting! I am still hearing from clients who were utterly taken by your comments. So, once again, many, many thanks!"
    Paul Saffo

    American Library Association

    "What a successful program! I've never seen quite such a spontaneous and enthusiastic response to one of our speakers! Thanks again, David. I hope this is not the last time you'll be able to participate in one of our programs."
    Don Wood, Office for Intellectual Freedom

    Highlands Group

    "David is one of the most thoughtful and provocative speakers I have run across. He has a remarkable talent for getting inside a concept and turning it into something completely new. Before his landmark book, The Transparent Society, was written, he engaged the Highlands Forum with these ideas in open conversation. What was at the time stunning now seems to be accepted by many around the world as the society we are coming to. An amazing mind."
    Captain Richard O'Neil (USN ret.), Director of the Highlands Future Concepts Program

    The European Commission

    "Dear Mr Brin: I would like to extend to you my genuine thanks and appreciation for the valuable contribution you made at the recent ICT 2013 event in Vilnius, Lithuania. You played a key role in ensuring the event was not just stimulating but also one that will help shape future EU activities in the area of ICT research and innovation."
    Neelie Kroes, Vice-President

    Kaplan University

    "David, thank you for your presentation at our Kaplan University Village Online Conference. It was very well received by our instructors and staff as you can see by the survey results. Of the 198 people who attended, 100 answered our survey and the enthusiastic audience response broke all records. Thank you again, you were terrific, truly!!"
    Penny Lorenzo

    World Bank Conference on Credit Reporting

    "I was very happy with your willingness to take on the assignment on short notice, with your professionalism and courteousness and most of all, with the insights that you brought to bear on this topic. More than 90% of those responding to the survey about the event rated it as a 4 or 5 on a scale of 1-5."
    Margaret Miller

    Defense Information Services Agency

    "Hey David: Gang buster presentation — folks loved it. Thanks Thanks Thanks."
    Paul Barsnica

    Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

    "Your colloquium presentation was excellent and was well-received by our attendees, overflowing from the biggest lecture hall at JHUAPL. Our lunch group was particularly pleased to engage in discussion with you."
    Daniel P. Wilt, PhD

    information about DAVID BRIN's public speaking & consulting

    DAVID BRIN speaking on the Physics of Free Will


    David Brin's standard speaking fee has risen for commercial meetings requiring extensive travel: the greater the distance, the more likely it is that he must travel Business Class. The fee is less for events near San Diego or for non-profit groups clearly benefiting the public or kids.

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  • DAVID BRIN's bookshelf

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  • Three Models of Dust Layers on Cometary Nuclei
  • Disputation Arenas: Harnessing Conflict and Competitiveness for Society's Benefit
  • Neoteny and Two-Way Sexual Selection in Human Evolution
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  • a brief intro to science fiction author DAVID BRIN

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    DAVID BRIN author


    David Brin's science fiction novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages. They range from bold and prophetic explorations of our near-future to Brin's Uplift series, envisioning galactic issues of sapience and destiny (and star-faring dolphins!). Learn More

    shorter fiction

    Short stories and novellas have different rhythms and artistic flavor, and Brin's short stories and novellas, several of which earned Hugo and other awards, exploit that difference to explore a wider range of real and vividly speculative ideas. Many have been selected for anthologies and reprints, and most have been published in anthology form. Learn More

    Contrary Brin blog

    Since 2004, David Brin has maintained a blog about science, technology, science fiction, books, and the future — themes his science fiction and nonfiction writings continue to explore. Learn More

    social media influencer

    Who could've predicted that social media — indeed, all of our online society — would play such an important role in the 21st Century — restoring the voices of advisors and influencers! Lively and intelligent comments spill over onto Brin's social media pages. Learn More

    DAVID BRIN scientist


    David Brin's Ph.D in Physics from the University of California at San Diego (the lab of nobelist Hannes Alfven) followed a masters in optics and an undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Caltech. Every science show that depicts a comet now portrays the model developed in Brin's PhD research. Learn More

    transparency expert

    Brin's non-fiction book, The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Freedom and Privacy?, continues to receive acclaim for its accuracy in predicting 21st Century concerns about online security, secrecy, accountability and privacy. Learn More

    speaker & consultant

    Brin speaks plausibly and entertainingly about trends in technology and society to audiences willing to confront the challenges that our rambunctious civilization will face in the decades ahead. He also talks about the field of science fiction, especially in relation to his own novels and stories. To date he has presented at more than 200 meetings, conferences, corporate retreats and other gatherings.Learn More

    future/tech advisor

    Brin advises corporations and governmental and private defense- and security-related agencies about information-age issues, scientific trends, future social and political trends, and education. Urban Developer Magazine named him one of four World's Best Futurists, and he was appraised as "#1 influencer" in Onalytica's Top 100 report of Artificial Intelligence influencers, brands & publications. Past consultations include Google, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and many others. Learn More

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    praise for Earth

    "The struggle to save the planet gives Brin the occasion to recap recent global events: a world war fought to wrest all caches of secret information from the grip of an elite few; a series of ecological disasters brought about by environmental abuse; and the effects of a universal interactive data network on beginning to turn the world into a true global village. Fully dimensional and engaging characters with plausible motivations bring drama to these scenarios. Brin's exciting prose style will probably make this a Hugo nominee, and will certainly keep readers turning pages."
    — Publishers Weekly

    praise for The Transparent Society

    "New tech is handing society tough decisions to make anew about old issues of privacy and accountability. In opting for omni-directional openness, David Brin takes an unorthodox position, arguing knowledgeably and with exceptionally balanced perspective."
    — Stewart Brand, Director of Global Business Network

    praise for Existence

    "Science fiction fans were finally given what they crave: Real science explained and possible science dreamed, all wrapped up in an excellent story. After reading it, you feel like you've done an A-level and experienced a cultural event. Daring yet plausible, challenging yet rewarding, it raised the bar for grown-up alien contact sci-fi."
    The Sun (UK) Best of 2012

    praise for The Postman

    "Brin slathers a sober and hard-edged landscape at one turn, and in the next pinpoints with pixel clarity the humanity all jumbled up in the epic action. There are no mutant cockroaches or other absurdities. We are in the Oregon mountains, crawling through bracken, or hiding in the snowdrifts because a sniper has pinned us down. On every page we see the dirty, lined, broken faces of hardscrabble existence, but we also see them light up at the simple gesture of receiving a piece of mail from a long-lost loved one. And we see mythopoesis right in our faces."
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    "For every good idea, ten thousand idiotic ones must first be posed, sifted, sniffed, tried, and discarded. A mind that's afraid to toy with the ridiculous will never come up with the brilliantly original."
    David Brin, Orbit interview 2002, reprinted by SFF World

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