Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Sawyer talks about the web waking up at Google

by Rob - May 30th, 2009.
Filed under: Keynotes, Wake.

On Wednesday, May 27, 2009, Hugo Award-winning science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer spoke at Google Waterloo, in a talk that was broadcast to Google facilities worldwide, about the science behind the World Wide Web gaining consciousness — the theme of his new novel Wake. (Wake is set in Waterloo.)

You can listen to Rob’s talk right here; he’s introduced by Google’s Alex Coman.

It was an amazing day. In addition to giving his talk, Rob, Hugo Award-nominated SF writer Paddy Forde, and science-fiction poet Carolyn Clink were given a great tour of new Google products, had one of those famous Google lunches, and participated in a fascinating roundtable discussion about the Web and sentience.

Rob has also been a guest at the Googleplex — Google’s worldwide headquarters — twice: last month, when he was on book tour for Wake, and in August 2006, where he led a brainstorming session about the web gaining consciousness as part of the first-ever Science Foo Camp. That’s Stewart Brand of the Long Now Foundation, Google co-founder Larry Page, and SF writer Greg Bear at that session below:

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