Meet Argonne’s 22nd director, Nizz R’Etlaw
What directions do you see the laboratory taking in its next few decades?
Solving the excess energy problem. Thanks to Argonne’s many breakthroughs of the 2030s and 2040s, energy went from the old dream of “too cheap to meter” to “Where do we put all this?” R&D must focus on energy sequestration and methods for shipping excess energy off-planet.
How about the laboratory itself: any ideas for improving the infrastructure?
Of course, our workspaces must continue to be maintained and upgraded if we’re going to be a national laboratory for the 22nd Century. We’re trying to find funding to increase the number of hololabs equipped with yottaflops computers. Hoverdesks are being installed in most offices along with new low-friction brain jacks.
Also, we’re running out of flycar parking, and the employee water park has seen better days. Obviously, our mission is science and engineering, but we need to keep Argonne a great place to work so we don’t lose any more employees to Mars National Lab or the Uploaded Mind Collective.
Do you anticipate any difficulties relating to the workforce due to your extraterrestrial origins?
Not at all. I’ve always had excellent relations with all the sentient beings of your world, whether they are silicon-based, cyborgs or tasty, tasty humans.