THE SPEECH NOT GIVEN
In October 2006, I was invited to give a talk at the kickoff meeting--in Honolulu!--for DARPA’s HI-MEMS research program. The Program Director, Amit Lal, said he had read my novel Sparrowhawk (Ace, 1990), in which I posited implanting computer chips in genetically engineered insects and other animals.
Of course I was flattered by the invitation, but when it came to looking at the logistics, I just couldn't do it. There are no direct flights from the East Coast to Hawaii, and I could not see spending 40 hours in cramped airline seats to give a one-hour talk. At least not without a lot more time to spend getting acquainted with the beach!
So I said no, but not before developing the Powerpoint for the talk I would have given, if only. Click here if you want to see the version of it I prepared for more general consumption.