Entertaining, funny, scary. Better than a movie. That’s how Jim Brazell describes his upcoming presentation, “Games, Robots, Wearables: The future is here,” scheduled Friday, Feb. 21, at Del Mar College. Expect Brazell to hold a mirror up to modern technology and show that the future is now.
“This is leading-edge, mind-blowing stuff,” Brazell says. “It’s about how technology is changing society and what fundamental questions this poses to us as students, teachers, employers, whoever. The ultimate question is, what kinds of technologies do we want to create? Where will it lead us?”
The presentation runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the College’s Richardson Performance Hall on the East Campus at Ayers and Baldwin. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 361-698-1299.
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Brazell’s presentation infuses his extensive knowledge of games, robots and wearables – all of which he said have transformed life as we know it., including video games, cellphones, Google glasses and even washing machines.
Brazell, who lives in San Antonio, describes himself as a futurist, venture catalyst, sociologist and orator. He said he decided to become a public speaker after meeting the late renowned motivational speaker Zig Ziglar in the 1980s. Among other endeavors, Brazell builds video games for the U.S. military that are used for decision support and tactical warfare, he said.
“This is a rare opportunity to hear a dynamic speaker free of charge,” says Dr. Laura B. Parr, Professor of Counseling at Del Mar College. “The global information he’s presenting is stimulating and awe-inspiring.”
Anyone who wonders what the future will hold or if they have the next great innovative idea will be inspired by the presentation, Dr. Parr adds. She notes that the timing is perfect because Del Mar College is growing to educate and train students for jobs coming into the area with new industries.
Following the presentation and audience Q&A, Brazell will lead an afternoon workshop for Del Mar College students, faculty and staff called “Corpus Christi 2030,” so participants can chart the future of the city. He will also announce the identity of a “high-technology entrepreneur” who will mentor student teams during the workshop. Each team will provide a report with their visions for the future, Dr. Parr said.
The event is made possible through the DREAMS TEAM @ Del Mar College, the College’s Department of Computer Science, Engineering and Advanced Technology, a National Science Foundation STEM Scholarship Grant (DUE 1060405) and Science, Engineering and Math Majors (SEMMO).