In Tiny Death Star, the Death Star itself is a expanding shopping mall of retailers, restaurants, services, apartments...and silly little "Imperial" levels. The game has no conflict. There is no way to keep score. Its object is as simple as Sim City: build the biggest thing you possibly can, and make it look as pretty as possible. The graphics are intentionally poor, the sound effects cheesy, and the game itself seems designed to help its player fall asleep on the couch. And I love every warm, fuzzy minute of it.
The cat – a feline in a locked box that is both dead and alive until the box is opened – was a thought experiment devised by physicist Schrödinger to expose the counterintuitive weirdness of quantum theory. The theory posits that an entity can exist simultaneously in any number of states until the point at which it is observed, whereupon it will “collapse” into one state – either purring or deceased in the case of the trapped tabby, which is incarcerated with a poison that either has or has not been released through radioactive decay.
Apparently, this little dead kitty will not only help scientists create cars that drive themselves, but it will also trigger amazing advances in medicine - such as custom drugs, manufactured specifically for our personal DNA. We will literally be moving into the "next generation" of computing, in the same way that rockets moved us from air to space. Quantum computers will allow the kind of world depicted in Star Trek, Almost Human, and Arthur C Clarke's: 3001: The Final Odyssey. Technology will be integrated into every part of life, and I'll be able to play Tiny Death Star anywhere...except for my current iPad of course, which will be as obsolete as an 8 Track.
Back then, each new computer advancement seemed no less than absolutely amazing. There was time between each model. Electronics changed as slowly as the bodies of GM cars. But that's sure not the case today as computers design computers that will ultimately design quantum computers. NASA has a quantum computer now as does Google, Apple, and probably China. We're still a good 10 years before Apple launches a Quantum iPad, but I know that day is coming - and I'll see it in my lifetime. The advancements unfolding in the next 20 years will mirror the future that we've seen on Almost Human. We're about to cure disease, leave the planet, and drastically expand our consciousness...all while avoiding Terminators, and hopefully, Cylons too.
Whatever the case, I'll be ready and waiting...killing time while the saucers land playing Tiny Death Star on my Quantum iPad.