I thought I would give you a quick update on my novella (“2030 ET: Tribulation”), ProtoHack Vancouver (a “hackathon” I have entered in), and my first in-progress tech startup. It is, as ever, your support that keeps me going. Thanks again for the words of encouragement and your belief in me.
The Race to 40! – THE RESULTS! It’s over! It’s 8pm on my 40th birthday, so how did I do? 2.5/3 goals achieved + 2 bonus goals out of the blue!
My Race to 40! challenge will be over tomorrow when I turn 40. I can’t believe that I’ve already lived half a life! There is still so much left to do. The goals that I set myself as part of the Race to 40! challenge are just the beginning. I have big plans for the second half of the year and the next few years. The next big goal on my plate will be taking the entrepreneurial plunge and launching a startup. But first, a vacation with family 🙂
Only 2 ½ days left to complete my Race to 40! challenge. This will be the final progress update before my 40th birthday this Sunday, the 26th of June. The goal to blog everyday will likely be met while whether I complete the half-marathon in the target time or not may be impacted by a few niggles. With regards to completing my novella, it looks like I will get the writing done in time but not the editing. I will still be chuffed at this accomplishment even if it take a little bit longer to edit the manuscript. At the end of the day, I would rather take the time to polish and fine tune the manuscript till I am proud to publish it rather than publish a half done work for the sake of an arbitrary deadline!
In today’s blog post I reveal a sketch that I commissioned from a talented artist living here in Vancouver for my novella ”2030 ET: Tribulation”.
Special Promotion: Those who subscribe to my blog newsletter will receive a minimum of 3 pieces of the final color concept art from me (and possibly up to 5) once I self-publish my novella (expected around June 30th). The concept art otherwise would only be made available to those who purchase my novella or participate in other limited promotions. If you are into sci-fi, this is a great opportunity to get some amazing high resolution art that you can use for inspiration, use as wallpaper, or simply just stare at to absorb the detail.
Also, there is a surprise at the end of this post that you do not want to miss!
Today’s prediction is unfortunately a gloomy one. I predict that there will be one (or more) climate shocks that will likely accelerate the warming of the planet beyond what is already anticipated. Related to this would be a dramatic loss of biodiversity in the oceans due to the acidifying of oceans, coral bleaching and overfishing.
Our planet is/was in natural equilibrium when it came to global temperatures. Now it seems the equilibrium has been disturbed by manmade activity. The signs are that our current models are too conservative and have not sufficiently accounted for the effect of methane – a greenhouse gas 25 times worse than CO2 – being released from melting permafrost and the possibility of reaching a tipping point / feedback loop situation.
The Wikipedia page on “global catastrophic risks” has the following definition: “A global catastrophic risk is a hypothetical future event that has the potential to damage human well-being on a global scale. Some events could cripple or destroy modern civilization. Any event that could cause human extinction is also known as an existential risk.” Another definition from the “Global Challenges Foundation” is any risk that can eliminate 10% of the population. No points for guessing what percentage of the population dies in an existential risk.
Arthur Raind is particularly concerned about four risks in 2030, two existential and two catastrophic: 1) super-intelligent AI, 2) engineered pandemics, 3) severe climate change, and 4) food scarcity (caused by ocean ecology collapse).
What do you think are the most significant risks that humankind needs to prepare for over the next 15 years?
Today is the second of my “Prediction Saturday” blog posts. The intent of my “Prediction Saturday” posts are to put forward bold predictions about the near future, e.g. 15 – 20 years from now. These tie into the sci-fi novella that I am writing, “2030 ET: Tribulation.” Today I make a bold prediction regarding the future of energy. The prediction is that over the next 20 years, the price of oil will crash as demand for oil will virtually be non-existent. The energy revolution will happen as we learn to efficiently exploit the only fusion reactor that matters, the Sun. Advancements in 3D printing, materials science, and bioengineering will drop the cost per kilowatt of solar and biofuel energy close to zero.
Another week has passed. Time for another update on my “Race to 40!” challenge to accomplish three goals I set myself before my 40th birthday on June 26th. Sixteen days of 32 gone. Only 16 left to complete the race and accomplish the goals. This is the half way point!
This week, I score myself: 10/10 on my progress towards Goal 1; 7.5/10 on my progress towards Goal 2; and, 6/10 on my progress towards Goal 3.
Hint: do not close your browser till you read all the way to the end of the post. There is a surprise at the end that you do not want to miss!
This week I reveal the second sketch produced for my 2030 ET project. The sketch portrays the central protagonist, Arthur Raind, standing in front of the liquid metal mirror in his training room. Arthur is suspicious that someone or something is living in his mirror so decides to give it a poke with his diamond-edged sword to find out! I don’t want to reveal much more as it may spoil your reading experience.