Author S.B. Divya

What does our future hold? Author S.B. Divya might have the answers. Or, more specifically, perhaps her debut novel does. In today’s episode, the author of Machinehood joins the podcast to talk about her novel, which projects the future of humanity out to the year 2095. Divya is a Hugo and Nebula Award Finalist as a fiction writer, but all of her fiction is heavily based on reality. She studied computational neuroscience and signal processing and has worked for nearly twenty years in the electrical engineering field before ever writing her first novel. That scientific background infuses her work. In today’s episode, Divya joins Daniel Anstandig for a conversation about not only her book, but the real ramifications of the science that drives her fiction. Grab your headphones, turn up your speaker, or perhaps turn on your brain-implanted audio receptors for this mind-bending episode about the optimistic future of biotechnology. TODAY’S GUEST: S.B. Divya is a scientist-turned-novelist who holds degrees in computational neuroscience and signal processing. She worked for twenty years as an electrical engineer before writing her debut novel, Machinehood. Divya is also the Hugo and Nebula-nominated author of Runtime and co-editor of Escape Pod, with Mur Lafferty. For more about her, visit www.sbdivya.com, or tweet her at @DivyasTweets. GET READY TO LEARN:

  • What does the future of humanity look like through the next century?
  • How biotechnology could maximize the human body’s capability.
  • A scientist’s mindset when becoming a novelist.
  • Why COVID-19 could spur investment in biotechnology.
  • Roadblocks in the way of achieving a brighter future of biotechnology.
  • When aliens will arrive (or how we might interact with them).
  • The difference between speculative fiction and predictive fiction. KEY POINTS:
  • Why Divya wrote Machinehood. (1:13)
  • Divya’s hope for the future of humanity. (9:53)
  • The future of consumer culture and capitalism. (12:16) SOME QUOTES WORTH SHARING:
  • “Any time you’re playing with realistic near-future fiction, you’re really just borrowing from the present and the past and recasting it into a slightly different setting.” – Divya
  • “Overall, I think human beings want, ultimately, to love their families, and have friends, and love a good life, so they tend to find solutions to these problems.” – Divya REFERENCES:
  • Divya’s personal website: https://sbdivya.com/
  • Machinehood by S.B. Divya
  • “The Henry Ford of Rockets,” as described in this MIT article by Neel V. Patel: https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/05/26/1025350/phantom-space-startup-jim-cantrell
  • MIT Technology Review’s Newsletter: https://www.technologyreview.com/newsletter-preferences/
  • ScienceX: https://sciencex.com/news/ Did you have a favorite quote or topic? Do you have thoughts on Machinehood? Don’t forget to share in the comments! Tune in to the next episode for a brand new look at a new topic. Don’t forget to follow on your favorite podcast platform. Reviews are always appreciated, too.

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