If you view computer designers as artists, they're really into more of an art form that can be mass-produced, like records, or like prints, than they are into fine arts. they want something where they can express themselves to a large number of people through their medium, and their medium is technology and manufacturing.
Young people - with their dynamism, their energy and their inherent understanding of our interconnected world - have much to teach us. Increased educational attainment, advances in technology and the spread of information have made this generation the best educated, most connected and most informed in history
These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. you may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. these things can profoundly influence life. i'm not downplaying that.
The fact that we have not yet found the slightest evidence for life - much less intelligence - beyond this earth does not surprise or disappoint me in the least. our technology must still be laughably primitive, we may be like jungle savages listening for the throbbing of tom-toms while the ether around them carries more words per second than they could utter in a lifetime.
The most serious problem facing humankind is climate change. All of these people breathing and burning our atmosphere has led to an extraordinarily dangerous situation. I hope next generation will emerge and produce technology, regulations, and a worldview that enable as many of us as possible to live happy healthy lives.
When machines fail, when technology fails, when the conventional religion fails, people have got to have something. even a zombin lurching through the night can seem pretty cheerful compared to the existential comedy/horror of the ozone layer dissolving under the combined assult of a million flurocarbon spray cans of deoderant." - the mist