Roaring in the ’20s!

My friend, the futurist Scott Bennie, was one of the key ingredients in a string of fun Star Trek games Interplay released in the 1990s. He has put together his list of advancements that will happen in the next decade, and I am glad he gave me permission to share them. I may not fully agree with them (I think the opposition to nuclear power is still too strong for microreactors to have much of an impact), but it is an exciting list. I especially like lucky #13.

Check out Scott’s list, and let me know what you are most looking forward to in our Roaring ’20s:

1. Someone’s going to beat the break-even mark on nuclear fusion. It’ll still be a long way from industrialization.
2. There’s going be some significant progress on cancer and diabetes, but no cures yet. More progress will be made on personalizing medicine, customizing it for genetics and other factors.
3. Smart homes will become more common and widespread and linked to a city grid. Computers will get a lot smaller, smarter, and energy efficient. We’re not yet at the singularity. Self-driving cars will become commonplace.
4. Solar panels will become so cheap and so efficient that you’d have to be crazy not to adopt them.
5. Batteries will become cheaper and lighter. An electric car price will drop to 20k US dollars.
6. Progress will be made on industrializing artificial meats.
7. The first micronuclear reactors will appear: cheaper and safer.
8. Despite government, significant progress will be made in climate change, water supply, and waste disposal. The internet will become ridiculously cheap, again despite government.
9. Progress will be made in music composition and literature. so much so that we’ll have computer-generated Beatles, Zeppelin, and Dickens by the end of the decade.
10. Someone will construct a virtual amusement park, probably to promote other entertainments.
11. Progress will be made on a permanent moonbase.
12. Electric aircraft will make aviation cheaper and safer.
13. We’re going to make more astronomical discoveries in the decade than in the entire history of the human race combined. At least one of them will have a profound impact on humanity.

N2 Youth Esports First Meet

We held our first N2 Esports meet, and the overwhelmingly positive reaction of both players and parents proved especially gratifying.

We expected the kids to enjoy it, because they were playing games, learning new skills and making friends. We did not expect the majority of the parents to stay the entire two hours, engrossed in what their children were doing and in conversation with one another – mainly about games and technology 🙂

We had limited the first meet to 10 children, between the ages of 10 and 16, and they proved more receptive to the coaching than we had anticipated. Warnings that kids today will not listen or have no attention span proved unfounded. They sat through 30 minutes of discussions on league policies, scheduling, health and fitness (interspersed with some stretches) before finally being allowed on the Xboxes.

We partnered them up so they could analyze each other’s gameplay (and get to know one another). That worked well, and they proved quite capable of moderating between each other how much time they should get. They also started teaching each other tips and tricks (like adjusting controller sensitivity).

At the end of two hours, the children (and their parents) were enthused about returning next Saturday. We are opening slots for more Fortnite players, so if you know anyone with kids between 10 and 16 (inclusive), please direct them to www.N2esports.com

Dragoncon 2019 Schedule

It has been a busy year since I last posted. I do not speak on the video games track at Dragoncon, but do speak and moderate on the EFF track. Come join me at the Hilton Aug. 31 – Sept. 1 for:

Title: So You Want to Work in Public Policy…
Description: People don’t go into public policy because they want to be billionaires; they go into public policy because they care and want to make a difference. How does one get started making contributions in this area, and can it really be turned into a financially sustaining career path?
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: 208-209 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
(Tentative Panelists: Erica Portnoy, Meredith Rose, Amie Stepanovich, Andrew Greenberg)

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Title: Techlash: Anti-Technology Backlash
Description: As we focus more on the harms of pervasive technology in society, a lot of attention and blame has been placed worldwide on the largest tech companies in the U.S.A. Do these companies deserve the rap they are getting, and will breaking them up into smaller companies do anything to help?
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: 208-209 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Meredith Rose, Amie Stepanovich, Jairus Khan, Andrew Greenberg)

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Title: Double Feature: Dinkheller & 10 Rules for Dealing with Police Encounters
Description: We will look at police encounters from two different points of view, from that of the officer (Dinkheller), and from that of the person being stopped (10 Rules). A 360-degree view provides the best perspective for surviving a police encounter in today’s America. Panel discussion will follow.
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: 208-209 – Hilton (Length: 2.5 Hours)
Moderator / MC for panel
(Tentative Panelists: Andrew Greenberg, Kara J Chappell, Jonathan B McFarland)

Role Models

RPGChild’s has never wanted to be an animated character before, but now she has taken to calling herself Dashi, from “Octonauts.” I am inordinately proud that her role model is an IT engineer …