Listening to smart people say smart things is a good habit. In that spirit, let me point you to two very interesting podcasts, both of which were on the Triangulation podcast by Leo Laporte and Tom Merritt.
The first is with Ray Kurzweil, who has done more in his life already than most of us will ever dream of. He is an author, inventor and futurist who developed the “first CCD flatbed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.” Kurzweil’s books include The Singularity Is Near, The Age of Spiritual Machines, and Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever. (Amazon links.) Kurzweil’s take on where we are headed, and how we will continue to integrate technology into our lives is fascinating. You can listen to the Triangulation interview here.
The second is with Cory Doctorow, well-known blogger, journalist and the author of any number of books, including Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Little Brother, and For the Win. (Again, Amazon links.) Doctorow is the co-editor of Boing Boing, one of the busiest sites on the web, and is a strong proponent of giving away versions of his work for free (you can, for example, download Little Brother legally here). But part of what is fascinating about the interview is just his take on how to innovate as an author and how, basically, as an author, obscurity is your enemy. You can listen to the Triangulation interview here.