The future – watch it happen or make it happen?

Probably not a name familiar to most, Corning are a huge name in glass products. They deliver components to manufacturers of products which support our everyday lives including mobile phones, tablets, televisions and fibre-optic cables. I first came across them in the context of GorillaGlass for smartphones.

This visionary video shows their view of the future. It’s not all going to happen overnight, but it’s a glimpse of what is on the horizon.

Exciting isn’t it? Our children will enjoy the benefits which these technologies deliver. Indeed, many of our children will be developing these very technologies themselves.

In my capacity as a STEM Ambassador I meet many students who are considering their own futures, thinking about what to study and wondering what they will eventually do when they leave school or university. It’s fair to say that technology is not often near the top of their lists, and they cite the fact that “everything has already been invented” as a reason to avoid STEM-related studies (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths).

For me, the starting point is imagination. If you can dream about or imagine what the future could look like, you’re half way there. Then surround yourself with the brilliant people who will make it happen – scientists, technologists and engineers. As Corning show, it’s only a matter of time before we find ourselves living in a different world. And as I always say to them, would you rather watch it happen, or make it happen?

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