Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 38: the Dark Forest, May 24 - 27, 2024 Missoula, Montana

Jani Rounds

MisCon 38 Attending Professional

Jani Rounds is a former wildlife biologist, current software engineer, and practicing jill-of-all-trades. Her interests include the great outdoors, science, art, and most geekery.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, The Dark Forest Hypothesis & You, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Manny Frishberg; Panelists: Manny Frishberg, GS Jennsen, Jani Rounds, Walter Wiese

    The "dark forest hypothesis" states that since space is such a dark, dangerous place, alien species deliberately hide themselves to avoid detection. What other ecosystems can be dark? Dark swamp? Dark Desert? Dark Tundra? What makes an ecosystem dark? The Dark Forest itself is no longer the menace that it used to be. Where would Hansel and Gretel get lost now?