Daniel Suarez: Daemon: Bot-mediated Reality
The viral success story of the year is a techno-thriller called Daemon. Software developer Suarez printed the book himself after being turned down by mainstream publishers. Blog raves, Amazon raves, and a brief item in Wired magazine turned the book deservedly into a runaway hit.
In this presentation, his first on the subject, Suarez spells out the ideas behind Daemon and its forthcoming sequel, Freedom.
"Bots' are simple software programs designed to automate tasks such as finding, retrieving, or acting upon information. Bots set loose on the Internet have been the catalyst behind many revolutionary Web 2.0 technologies. However, the unintended consequences of activating millions of bots in our networks bots that wield increasing influence over the activities and opportunities of human beings may have serious consequences for society."
Speakers: Daniel Suarez
Director: Chris Baldwin, Shoulder High Productions
Producer: Stewart Brand and The Long Now Foundation
Studio: Whole Earth Films
DVD FORMAT: NTSC, Widescreen
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Release date: August 8, 2008
Duration: 112 minutes