If you are in any way involved in the tech industry and read up on tech startups or have even watched the HBO show Silicon Valley; you will have heard of the now established tradition of many new startups claiming to have produced something life changing. This new technology or product will change the way we interact the world and will rid us of some terrible inconvenience, (such as talking to the people around us but we won’t go there.) What is become glaring apparent is that many of this generations brightest minds can be found in tech hubs across the world looking to create the ‘next big thing,’ and changing the definition of the words they use so often. ‘Life changing’, ‘revolutionary’, and even ‘make the worlds a better place’ is now more often associated with the latest app to hit the market and less to do with the defections we would hope them to be.
Jerry Sienfeld said something a number of years ago that also rings true here. He talks about the scientific feat of seedless watermelons. Now to genetically engineer these watermelons it took around 15 years and extremely bright scientists do to and yet instead of focusing on cancer or other terminal diseases, these doctors decided to ride the world of the terrible inconvenience of spitting out a pit from a bite of watermelon.
That is not to say that there aren’t great people doing amazing things with technology to better the world. There are a number of developers that are focused of health and people’s wellbeing, and are developing technologies for that. Yet, the emphasis, the ‘tech-celebrities’, and those given most recognition from the larger tech sites, are oftentimes the startups that show the most potential profitability, or easy integration into the general populace such as a potential social media app. We are rapidly approaching the era of the internet of things, where technology will be integrated in our lives in ways we cannot yet imagine. But before we get there, it is up to us to celebrate the real celebrities of the technology industry, and make sure we are heading in the right direction.