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Free Space: How to invent the future by playing in the Signtific Lab


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When custom satellites are as easy to design and launch as your own website is today…

What will you study? What will you design? What will you make? Who will you collaborate with? How will your field change? How will daily life change? How will the world be different?

Here are the rules for playing the Free Space thought experiment.

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Free Space: How to invent the future by playing in the Signtific Lab

  1. Jane McGonigal, PhD Director of Game Research & Development
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  5. <ul><li>Has a volume of 1 L </li></ul><ul><li>Can hold up to 1 kg of equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Orbits the earth every 90 minutes (e.g., NOT geosynchronous) </li></ul><ul><li>Can use space data transfer protocols and the Interstellar Internet to work together with many other cubesats </li></ul>
  6. <ul><li>Screenshot of Lab playtest </li></ul>
  8. <ul><li>Starts NOW ! Ends Thursday 2 PM. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the game on Twitter : signtificlab </li></ul>
  9. Webstock: 3508 ideas! CeBit: 951 ideas! Etech: ##,### ???
  10. HOW TO MAKE A SUPER-INTERESTING FORECAST <ul><li>1) Assume all of the super-obvious problems have been SOLVED . How? </li></ul><ul><li>2) Say the things only YOU could think of. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(your job, your org, your industry, your city…) </li></ul></ul>
  11. TRY IT at least 3 TIMES <ul><li>1 st thought: obvious, knee-jerk </li></ul><ul><li>2nd thought: witty, cute, smart-ass. </li></ul><ul><li>3rd response: new, thoughtful and probably surprising. </li></ul>
  13. OUTLIER FAIL <ul><li>Junk in space </li></ul><ul><li>Falling junk in space </li></ul><ul><li>Porn in space </li></ul><ul><li>Terrorists in space </li></ul><ul><li>Stalking from space </li></ul><ul><li>Reality TV from space </li></ul>
  14. OUTLIER WIN <ul><li>DIY space research </li></ul><ul><li>Crowdsourced eco-monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Disaster spotting & response </li></ul><ul><li>Hacking democracy from space </li></ul><ul><li>News from space, games in space </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurs , Social capital in space </li></ul><ul><li>STUFF WE NEVER THOUGHT OF </li></ul>
  16. <ul><li>Sounds like: “scientific”. </li></ul><ul><li>Spells like: “What’s your “sign?” </li></ul><ul><li>LAB. SIGNTIFIC .ORG </li></ul>