Be me, work as a reasonably high level research scientist in medical research at a government institute for years
Ensure I keep my power level hidden at all times, only very occasionally something small slips out ("Oh you didn't know male and female populations have different standard deviations of IQ? Well there you go, don't take my word for it, look it up." "Hey Anon, you're right, that's very interesting", people have no idea, as I normally just smile and nod. Drop the tiniest red pills on the rare occasion only.
At a work lunch function where some seriously heavy hitters are present and their underlings to promote inter-departmental collaborations between gov research facilities and departments
Keeping a low profile, chatting with some fellow research bros about random shit, guy comes up and introduces himself
About an inch taller than me, 6"1-6"2, sports jacket and slacks, nothing ostentatious, longish beard but well groomed, kind of reminds me of an ex-gym bro with a decent frame, turned into a hipster.
Well preserved early 40s I'm guessing
"Hi researchbros.png, sorry to interrupt, I'm JohnSmith.xml how's it going?"
Start chatting with JohnSmith about random shit, he asks what we all do and I ask him what he does he says I work for departmentX.jpeg, we do lots of cool random stuff.docx
I've heard of departmentX with only have the vaguest notion of what they do, some of it sounds cool though
Turns out it's a much bigger deal than any of us realized, has thousands of people, software developers, data scientists, engineers, PhD students, they even have distributed computing algorithm development and are involved in an ICO in the next 6-12 months, (our department and most others have like 200-800 people
Loads of collaborations with various top 10-100 companies, global leaders in different fields, also with other government orgs including defence.noshit, intelligence.uhoh… shit is getting interesting
So I start asking a couple of questions about some stuff, no big deal, current affairs shit, the increasing presence of bots everywhere on social media, China's social score, Russia's development of it's own internet, other current year goings on but nothing too edgy or contentious, everything that the (((mass media))) reports on
Mention neural networks and facial recognition and he mentions they are up to 99.6% effective and people still don't know exactly HOW neural networks work, kinda scary.cfg
We start getting along fairly well, he's keeping up with me and my random topics and he reciprocates with some of his own and so I can speed it up a little, kick it up a gear and he matches me
We're in about 3rd gear and the other researchbros bug out. It's not their bag and they aren't interested in shit they don't know about and can't contribute to the conversation anyway
I'm quite enjoying the convo because it's nice to encounter someone else who is switched on about current affairs internationally, as well as ideas and developments in multiple fields and can handle logical discussions weaving multiple topics and areas to make a point or address an issue. Thisisunexpected.rar