November 25, 2022
The Acorn Newspaper
By Scott Steepleton
“The goal is to highlight smart and competitive kids in Agoura Hills,” said Bramante, host of an eponymous podcast on consciousness and artificial intelligence.
“I grew up poor, and when my mom couldn’t watch us, we were either studying Kenpo karate with sensei Cecil Peoples or playing video games,” he said. “My brother and I competed in one of the first-ever e-sports games, representing the United States playing ‘The Age of Empires,’ which is a real-time strategy computer game. We got to travel to South Korea to play against kids from other countries, and I won $1,000 for second place and my brother won $3,000 for first place. It was an amazing experience and prize.”