What I think we need are universal socket adapters, like you find on the AC plugs for when you go to a country with a different looking AC receptacle.
Perhaps they make them already. So are they marked gen something?
I guess I didn't know what Universal meant either.
"Universal" as in Universal Serial Bus was chosen because it was one port that, given the right drivers for the operating system, could interface with many different kinds of devices. You didn't need one kind of cable for your printer, a different cable for your audio interface, a different cable for a hard drive, a floppy drive, an optical drive, a mouse, or a keyboard. I'm pretty sure that it was the result of so many "normal" people buying computers from stores that couldn't help them find the right cable to go between the new computer and printer that they just bought.
As far as adapters go, I have a handful, big ones, little ones, male, female, some all one lump, some with a short cable between the two ends. Like I said, don't worry about the speed (they're all backward compatible) unless it's really important, get a cable or adapter that fits the sockets.