Jack William Bell is a native son of the Pacific Northwest, a rare thing to find around Seattle in this day and age. Born the same year Sputnik was launched, he is as old as the space age. Jack wants to be a modern Renaissance man, but has had to settle for being a 'Jack of All Trades, Master of None'. At one time or another he has supported himself selling shoes, fixing aircraft, programming computers, writing manuals, creating glass art, repairing houses, cooking breakfasts, wrenching on cars, commercial fishing, playing in a Rock and Roll band, and balancing books. He still doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up!
Today Jack pays the bills writing code for embedded systems and satisfies his muse writing SF and futurism. The latter, posted mainly to his blog, has resulted in his being quoted in Scientific American as an 'amateur futurist'. He thinks that is just the bee's knees! Don't you?
|Thu||1300||The Future of Computers||Computers are getting lighter and more capable every year. (The latest innovation: tie two or more onto the same piece of silicon). Is there an end in sight? Or does it only end at some point in the so called "Singularity?"||Chris COOPER, David D. LEVINE, Jack William BELL, Mark L. VAN NAME|
|Fri||1200||Remembering Robert Anton WILSON||Remembering the golden days of the geeks.||Jack William BELL, Lou ANDERS, Yoshio KOBAYASHI|
|Fri||1500||Kaffeeklatsche||Jack William BELL|
|Sun||1400||Free Will? Or Neurochemistry?||Some behaviors (anger, violence) might be neurological in nature. If these traits can be identified and treated, what implications does this have on social interactions, legal contracts and frameworks? The social contract? The idea of individual responsibility? Could we program ourselves into becoming mindless sheep? Should we?||Eileen GUNN, Jack William BELL, James L. CAMBIAS|
|Mon||1000||The Singularity: How to Write About It||The singularity may be the most interesting idea to come out of SF, yet may pose a challenge which may be insurmountable — how to set a story in a world which is, by definition, incomprehensible? If a singularity lurks about a hundred years after the invention of the computer: does this mean that hard SF is a contradiction in terms once it gets outside the near future? Can SF stories cope? Or should writers just ignore it and move on?||Charles STROSS, Gregory BENFORD, David D. LEVINE, Jack William BELL|