Few things are more elegant than programming.
Does that sound a bit wrong to you? Don't fear – I get it. The process of coding is neither elegant nor risk averse. However, the product is an entirely different issue. Creating something, developing something, bringing something into this world that had not existed before is something special. That's why being a programmer fascinates me – it's not the process (even though it is rewarding!) but the end result.
There is a certain beauty in creation. We've witnessed it before, with the rise of the Renaissance, art revolution, and modernist period. We've appreciated art. But isn't that exactly what technology is? Glorified art? In my eyes, it is exactly that. Art serves to feed the soul, to provide it with unspoken philosophy and hidden meanings. Technology? Not quite.
But let me make my case first. Although art offers an important purpose within our lives, it cannot directly aid anyone. Technology, however, can.
In technology, not only can you create, develop, and express, but also aid the world. Sound dramatic? Not quite. The most primitive piece of engineering was the wheel – thousands of years have improved upon it, thousands of people, and thousands of minds. The most advanced piece of tech today would have been unfathomable a hundred years ago.
A century ago, artificial intelligence would have been deemed deranged and senseless. Robotics would have been considered a laughable fantasy. Stem cell research would have been a wished luxury.
Scientists are artists. Scientists are creators. Scientists are developers.
But most importantly: scientists are the future.