What should a creative yet technical person study?
February 28, 2013 2:45 PM Subscribe
What kind of academic path (from the undergraduate level and beyond) prepares one for developing or working on interesting, innovative projects like Steve Mann's EyeTap (or Google Glass), or other cool interdisciplinary digital projects (e.g. medical cybernetics, space elevators, wearable computing, smart home devices)?
posted by mayurasana to education (18 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I apologize in advance for unfocused interests. Too many things interest me. I need your help in narrowing things down.
I spend my free time learning about various technical, trying to make my life and home more efficient, pursuing personal creative projects, and I have finally purchased an Arduino so I can put some life into ideas I've been dreaming up. (I cannot wait for it to arrive!) And I am in awe of all the projects people at MIT's Media Lab work on, wishing I had the skillset and knowledgebase to to work on my own little projects. (Likely not MIT caliber, mind you, but they're interesting ideas to me.)
I constantly consider switching undergraduate disciplines (from health sciences) and it is finally time to bite the bullet. But I'd like to have a better idea of where to go or how to inform my decisions.
What should I study in the initial, undergraduate stage of my career path? Engineering? But what kind of engineering (electrical, computer, software, systems, something else)? Or would an undergrad in computer science inclusive of courses om machine learning and artificial intelligence be more helpful? A couple of people have recommend "systems design" or "systems engineering" to me, but I don’t fully understand how that helps me get on the path I’m after. Apparently it is a very creative discipline of engineering? Is it?
I've read up on these disciplines on many, many sites, but I still don't know what to do. Engineering of some variety appeals to me so I could earn a small income while doing an internship at school, but if it's not the best option given my interests, I'll comfortably reconsider.
I imagine I’ll want to pursue graduate studies to gain access and knowledge about the kinds of projects I'm really interested in, but my focus right now is to figure out which undergrad discipline to start with.
Help me, hivemind!