From Ars Technica
In recent months, not one but two Ars writers have released books, so we decided that for this month’s edition of Ars Technica Live, that we (Cyrus Farivar and Annalee Newitz) would interview each other about our respective tomes.
My book, Habeas Data, covers 50 years of surveillance law in America and chronicles the surprising effects of 10 monumental legal case that have impacted our world.
Newitz’s novel, Autonomous, by contrast, imagines a world set roughly 125 years in the future, where sentient robots are commonplace, and they have to work off their indentured service to become fully self-sufficient, independent beings. (Dare I say, our books are two great tastes that taste great together!)
While one book looks back at the past, and the other looks ahead, we are both trying to grapple with the strange present in which we find ourselves.
Habeas Data really came about when I was…