Jul 7, 2020
P.W. Singer and August Cole recently published their second work
of fiction –
Burn In: A Novel About The Real Robotic Revolution. While it is
a fiction, it uses over 300 examples of what might happen as
robotics and revolution change the world over the next two
In this episode I talk with Peter Singer about:
- The difference in writing and impact on the world in writing
fiction and non-fiction.
- The book shows a more dark than light future, is this Peter’s
projection of the future or a vehicle to move the plot / provide
the tension a buddy cop story needs?
- Does Peter see this as a human or robot choice or more of a
cobot approach the James Wilson talks about in his Human + Machine
book? Peter notes ‘expert studies’ have a range from 9% to 47% jobs
going away due to automation, with more of the studies coming out
at the top end of this range.
- How did the past major employment disruption with large farms
and the industrial revolution affect the book and his view on what
will happen with the automation job disruption. (Great bit on the
Luddites in Peter’s answer)
- BTW … ICS gets a lot better at defense in this book, and I ask
Peter what an ICS security professional should be doing to enhance
their career in this future world.
Burn In: A Novel About The Real Robotic Revolution
Follow Peter on Twitter: @peterwsinger