Brittany Wenger – TRANSCRIPT
Be ready to pick your jaw back up as we welcome 17-year-old Brittany to the TEDxAtlanta stage. All-right. So. Ok. That’s loud. I want you all to picture a little kid in the “why” phase. You know that kid that’s always asking questions. “Why is the sky blue?” “Why is the glass green?”
And about million other questions per day. Now imagine, hypothetically speaking of course, what it would be like 15 years down the line if that kid was still in a “why” phase. As you may have imagined this isn’t quite a hypothetical situation. I am a 17-year-old who loves to ask questions.
But, it wasn’t until I found science that I found my answers and more questions because with science the more you know the more you wonder. It’s an infinite process. One which I am completely enamored by. So, I love science because it gives us the opportunity to revolutionize the world around us. I think I first started seeing how many implications science really has where I was little.
My brother was born premature and he spent over 60 days in a hospital his first year and many times after that we would go back and visit. I really grew to idolize men and women in scrubs because I could see that they were saving lives and using science to have a positive impact on the world. Then as a 7th-grader my passion for science grew even further. I was taking an elective on futuristic thinking. Quite by accident I stumbled across artificial intelligence. I was enthralled for computers can do things that humans can’t. That just is mind-boggling. I went home, I bought a coding book, and I decided that that’s what I was going to focus on.