Yes indeed, you invent the future or it just doesn’t happen. You can spend a lifetime learning systems and practicing to become an expert which can be obliviated in a second by a new paradigm. The world is being driven by many forces. I look at acceleration and convergence.
You’ve heard the phrase that the 21st century is here but is distributed haphazardly and unevenly. Add to that the phrase “one step” which is the distance that acceleration and convergence make the journey to a new paradigm for any person, process or technology. Phone minutes as currency in Africa for loans for business, headlights for incubators or access to the internet.
Hardware is frozen software. It’s now supported with millions of circuits which are accreted by support function like highways through cities which foster centres of happening, Chinatown, Little Italy, Wall Street.
How many circuits does it take to run a routine? What would it take to set up a compromiser on the 1’s and 0’s below the assembler level? Is there any way to make an entrance from the electrical grid? If you were a national actor how hard would that be to insert into a chipset? How does that look at scale in a server farm or using Cloud services. I can only point at a very specialized discipline like firmware hacking that is quickly permeating the internet of things. Add in deep learning and neural nets and it suddenly spirals out of the visible world.