You have teenagers thinking they're going to make millions as NBA stars when that's not realistic for even 1 percent of them. Becoming a scientist or engineer is.
If history is any indication, all truths will eventually turn out to be false.
More than ever, the world needs good engineers. However, the pool of talent is shrinking not growing.
Everybody has to be able to participate in a future that they want to live for. That's what technology can do.
I do not want to waste any time. And if you are not working on important things, you are wasting time.
Sporting competitions seem to be what we obsess over, frankly. So if we can put engineering, science, technology into a format of healthy, fun competition, we can attract all sorts of kids that might not see the kind of activity we do as accessible or rewarding.
To me, innovations are the wheel, fire, language, movable type. There are not 3 million innovations; there are 3 million inventions.
Nothing that has value, real value, has no cost. Not freedom, not food, not shelter, not healthcare.
People take the longest possible paths, digress to numerous dead ends, and make all kinds of mistakes. Then historians come along and write summaries of this messy, nonlinear process and make it appear like a simple, straight line.
My biggest worry is I'm running out of time and energy. Thirty years ago I thought 10 years was a really long time.
I started realizing that I wasn't so dumb; rather, most people simply didn't know the answers to the questions that I was interested in-or they didn't care.
As we move towards 8 or 10 billion people on the planet, there's a little less gold per capita. Each one of us will continue to be fighting over an ever smaller percentage of total resources. This is not a happy thought.
The city needs a car like a fish needs a bicycle.
My biggest failure is I have too many to talk about.
In some cases, inventions prohibit innovation because we're so caught up in playing with the technology, we forget about the fact that it was supposed to be important.
I don't work on a project unless I believe that it will dramatically improve life for a bunch of people.
New ideas in technology are literally a dime-a-dozen, or cheaper than that.
I'd rather lose my own money than someone else's.
Most of the time you will fail, but you will also occasionally succeed. Those occasional successes make all the hard work and sacrifice worthwhile.
I think an education is not only important, it is the most important thing you can do with your life.