Nikhil Rao

Nikhil Rao


Nikhil Rao, MD, MSc (AKA Vindaloo Diesel, AKA Dr. Karma) is a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in working with critically and chronically ill children. On a day to day basis, this means he's the only physician in the pediatric ICU who can dress up like Batman and claim it's 'for the children'. Which he does. Frequently. He's also involved in research into new pharmacologic tools and psychotherapy methods to improve the lives of children with serious medical illnesses. Nikhil has also been active in the fitness and nutrition professional scene and can be described as strong for an Indian (in other words not very). Prior to medicine, he studied the evolution of intelligence and social systems in monkeys, which are actually a lot like children, albeit hairier. He's been a voracious science fiction fan for years and when not stuck in the hospital has been slowly working on launching his media presence, which can be described as something like Jordan Peterson, only tinged with curry, profanity, and entirely too much math.

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Nikhil Rao

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff and listen to our Guests of Honor speak!

CC: Meeting Rooms 4 & 5
(60 min)
Sat 11:00AM Fireside Chats: 3 Short Science Talks on Brain Science

Robert E. Hampson, Brent Roeder and Nik Rao are clinical scientists studying learning & memory, prosthetics, brain imaging and psychiatry.  They will give short talks from their area of expertise discussing current medical efforts to understand the human brain and keep it healthy.

CC: Meeting Rooms 9 & 10
(60 min)
Sat 02:00PM Baen Traveling Roadshow and Prize Patrol

Toni Weisskopf will be running the crowd through the best of what's going on in the Baen universe. (And there will be giveaways!)

Sat 05:00PM From Pinplants to the Terminal Man: Can Science Build the Better Humans Envisioned by SF?

Brain implants are a common feature of Science Fiction.  Science is rapidly catching up with Science Fiction in developing computer interfaces, connection with robotic limbs, and the means to treat disorders of the brain. Science Fiction still holds the high ground with respect to downloading  memories and developing hybrid human-computer AIs and cyborgs; but Science is closing in with prosthetics and transcranial stimulation to treat a number of disorders.  What is fact?  What is (still) fiction? Where can science and science fiction go from here? Dr. Robert Hampson moderates.

Sat 11:00PM Mad Scientist Roundtable

Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Les Johnson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much.

Sun 10:00AM Reading: Nik Rao &

Hear our authors read from their various works.

M: Lookout Mountain Room
(60 min)
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