Teen wonders if we'll leave an 'IT wasteland'

Teen wonders if we'll leave an 'IT wasteland'

Summary: Out of the mouths of babes or, actually, teens, the truth seems less filtered.I was just writing an opinion column about a totally different topic (tech talent), when I read this essay by Louis Wegner, a college student from Racine, Wis.

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Out of the mouths of babes or, actually, teens, the truth seems less filtered.

I was just writing an opinion column about a totally different topic (tech talent), when I read this essay by Louis Wegner, a college student from Racine, Wis., who just won a $5,000 scholarship in an essay-writing contest by the Computing Technology Industry Association.

Louis, along with the other college-age essay writers, was asked to write about the coolest new technology he anticipated would change the world in the next 25 years. He took a different tack than the other entrants, urging his elders to pay more attention to energy-efficient hardware designs and better software design to avoid a coming "IT wasteland." Roger Daltry certainly isn't singing about this teen!

Kudos to you, Louis, for saying what we should all be saying much louder.

Topic: Hardware

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  • Spot On!

    Energy consumption is going to make or break the industrialized world, and especially the I.T. industry.

    One part this intelligent young man missed was the energy consumption of the world's communications network itself. The transmission and switching infrastructure consume vast amounts of energy to run, and a very significant amount to install and maintain.
    Dr_Zinj
  • A Vast Wasteland...

    We've already created a vast television wasteland - of seemingly epic proportions. Why not just continue on with the process for IT?
    Mr_Wizard