@Todd the Jedi 19. What is your ideal sundae/dessert? To tell you the truth, I’m not really that big on sundaes and sweet desserts in general, as I like to watch what I eat and generally limit my sugar intake. I’ll certainly snack occasionally on sweets, but not very often. Not that I have high blood-glucose levels or anything, I’m actually perfectly healthy with a BMI in the lower-normal end of the spectrum. But I’m just a very health-conscious person in general, probably due to my mom’s lectures on the perils of too much junk food as a child. So nothing unhealthy for me, really! Kids, eat your fruits and vegetables! 20. What world issues matter most to you? As I’ve noted in my response to question #18, science and technology are the fields that matter most to me, which it certainly a major reason why I got into engineering and biotechnology. The United States education system from K-12 seems to lag behind most of the developed world. While more kids are going to college than ever before, it’s as much out of necessity than an actual improvement in the state of the education system; nowadays, in this economy, if you don’t have a college degree, you’ll find it very difficult to ever obtain a high-earning occupation (to say the least). Funding for research universities has seemingly dried up recently, with the government shutdown and whatnot. It is my hope that research funding doesn't ultimately get cut, as I view it as a crucial investment in the future. The most lucrative occupations seem to be the healthcare and technology sectors, such as medicine, engineering, and computer science. Just as important to me is the state of the economy, and it seems like the job market has certainly improved, but competition for the best jobs remains as fierce as ever. I’ve struggled a bit in my own search for that first full-time job, but the market is pretty big for someone of my skill set, so I remain hopeful. Anyhow, I’d love to see the kind of advances in technology that will genuinely make our lives better, improve the lives of the aging population (our national healthcare system seems to have some issues, but for the most part, I’m politically apathetic—which I’ll need to rectify), be more environmentally conscious, and in general make the world a better place, as cliché as that sounds. War and conflict are practically always going to be inevitable, and we must do whatever possible to maintain the peace, but one thing I cannot stress enough is to snuff out ignorance and ensure as many people as possible have the necessary education and knowledge to thrive in modern society. No easy task, and practically an insurmountable problem in the context of the entire world population, one that requires far better minds than mine. With a more and more educated population, perhaps one day the specter of religious extremism could be a distant memory, and knowledge ensures that global society and well-being are improved in this ever-connected world. Remember, according to the Jedi Code, “There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.” And in today’s world, knowledge is power. Also, I recommend to anyone interested in a proposed glimpse of the future up to a century from now, to read Michio Kaku’s Physics of the Future. It’s a wonderful book, one that a layman can read while being fun and engaging as well. The focus is primarily on science and technology, but he does occasionally dive into contemporary societal issues and what we could expect to drive the engine of future society. P.S. Todd, is this the final question? Will there be a bonus?