For those who don’t know who he is, Charles (Charlie) Stross is an award winning British hard science fiction author (and thus a vaguely professional futurologist).
In August this year he spent some time in California, during which time he gave a keynote address to USENIX Security ’11 entitled ‘Network Security in the Medium Term: 2061–2561 AD‘.
Not just about network security, he takes the time to explain how he sees the world and the technology we currently know changing in the next 50 years, let alone the 500 after that.
I full recommend it if you are a fan of Stross and his works or wish to see what one person’s vision of the future is – especially as, at the lower boundary, almost everyone alive today who is under 40 will live to see how wrong (or right) he is.
For those who got through that and are still interested, he posted a follow-up on his blog a few days later wondering what the potential abundance of processing power we can expect to see in the even shorter term might mean.
Finally, for those who have made it this far, he did a reading from his latest book, Rule 34, to an audience in Cupertino. Afterwards he did a recorded Q&A with those who attended (split into three parts) and answers questions about current and emerging technologies, as well as being an author, amongst others.
A word of warning to those, like me, of a Libertarian bent: you may well find his opinion of us (which he describes in one section of part 2) a little annoying – but he is a socialist.