That’s reflected in the new spate of teen celebrities, whose industry and earnestness runs contrary to Gen Y poster girls Lindsay Lohan and Lady Gaga. Teen innovators have always been with us (Braille, hip hop and earmuffs were all products of adolescent minds), but global social media combined with crowdsourcing, open-platform education and sharing have given this generation’s inventors unprecedented influence. In 2012, 17-year-old student Angela Zhang revealed a protocol that allowed doctors to better detect cancerous tumors on MRI scans; that year, 15-year-old Jack Andraka made headlines with his inexpensive, accurate sensor, able to detect pancreatic cancer.
I am happy if new reserch is being done by youths. It is a great innovation. However, I do question one point:
It wasn’t just Makosinski’s clever adaptation of technology that wowed the crowd; it was her inspiration: the plight of a friend in the Philippines who’d failed a grade at school because she lacked electricity to study at night.
It’s that people from countries that do not have resources or have actualized other parts of their lives won’t be able to get into this. If you don’t have proper nutrition, proper education or proper hobbies and mobility even (a problem people in their 20s even face in my country) thus lack of exposure and creativity is quite inevitable.
If you capture the unsung desires of the world that is ignored you can feed the planet for over 20 years.
If we are still Gen A or Gen X or Gen Y consumerism and selected resources to selected countries have done that perfectly.