Letter from the Editor: Expectation of Innovation

I like big ideas. More importantly, I like ideas that I think will fail, but eventually come to fruition.

It’s exciting that something thought to be impossible or too far reaching exceeds our expectations and re-frames the argument of what is improbable.

When I first heard about Twitter around the time I was graduating high school in 2006, I felt confident that the need for texting my mundanities for others to see was just plain dumb. Flash forward through my college career and I’m operating a handful of Twitter accounts everyday and cyber space is keenly aware of my need for coffee and plans to walk my dog, Horton.

I like when these ideas become more than just ideas and I’m proved wrong because, as a member of average society, it means there are still innovations to be made that will re-define our society to some extent.

The last time we “re-invented the wheel” was with micro-processing, opening up the world for computers, cell phones, digital cameras and a host of other gadgets that most of us carry with us or use daily that didn’t exist 20 years ago. So when new things are invented, they are sort of spin-off ideas that seek to only improve the world we live in, but not necessarily transform it.

I would love to see flying cars, teleportation, diseases eliminated and lasting peace in the world, but I know that this progress is incremental.

I expect failure because the challenges we face seem insurmountable, even the ones we don’t know about yet, but rejoice in my error, as time and again, things get better.