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Internet Architect Vint Cerf to Young People: Science and Tech Careers Can Be Rewarding

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ACM president and Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf.

ACM president and Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf.

Credit: Joi Ito

Vint Cerf, one of the Internet's original inventors, notes in an interview that although industry awards are important, they do not get enough visibility in the general population. Cerf says there needs to be a way to draw public attention to the significance of these awards and the work that qualified the recipients to receive them.

"I wish we had some way to make these figures as important to Americans as entertainment and sports stars seem to be," he says. "In many cases, the work is pretty abstract or technically sophisticated and might need some interpretation to help the general public realize how important it is."

For Cerf, the personal significance of the awards is the recognition from peers, not the monetary prizes. However, he says there should be a way to use the prizes to convince young people that careers in science and technology are really rewarding and worth pursuing, especially for the satisfaction of solving hard problems and making contributions to society.

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