A future with no secrets?
By David Wood
Where: Various Gloucestershire venues
When: October 6-10
A university lecturer and author is touring round Gloucestershire in October to talk about his enticing new novel.
Imagine a future society in which everything you see and hear is published publicly online. Your entire life is visible to anyone who cares to play it back.
There can be no secrets. How would we come to live? What benefits or problems arise from this? Utopia or dystopia?
This is the theme at the heart of 2089, which was published last week.
In the book tour events, the author will outline the idea of this surveillance society and then explore the social, political and philosophical implications, along with an explanation of the development of the story from a throwaway line by Edward Snowden, through global meltdown to the book's hero blowing up the old GCHQ building.
The more Orwellian aspects of this then lead into questions about how society should be structured for maximum happiness.
Is privacy actually a basic human need? How much technology is good for us? Do we even need technology?
In the scope of the length of human history, are mod cons actually making human existence a happier experience?
And so, if we were living in this surveillance society and wanted to effect change, how could we convince people of the need for that revolution? How could we take action to defeat the surveillance system?
And finally, could this brain-bugging actually be possible? Miles has promised not to try it out on the audience!
These book tour events will also see the launch of the 2089 Trail competition in which you can visit local sites from the book and win unique prizes.
The 2089 book tour dates are as follows:
Saturday, October 6: Caffe Nero, Cheltenham High Street, 5pm
Sunday, October 7: Gloucester Waterways Museum, Gloucester Docks, 2pm;
Highnam Court, near Gloucester, 3.30pm
Monday, October 8: Caffe Nero, Gloucester Southgate, 4pm; Caffe Nero, Gloucester Quays, 7pm
Tuesday, October 9: The Anchor Inn, Epney, 8pm (4* Severn Bore passing at 8.50pm)
Wednesday, October 10: Severn Bore Inn, Minsterworth, 8.30pm (4* Severn Bore passing at 9.45pm)
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