Generation Z’s tech optimists
Tech may be facing some tough challenges, but at a panel named This is the Future, the new generation of tech entrepreneurs delivered an uplifting vision of the future.
Ananya Chadha (16), a brain computer interface developer building virtual reality (VR) games, spoke of her fascination with brain-to-brain communication technology and is optimistic that advances in encryption technology will mean we don’t need to worry about brain hacking. Chadha, who is also proficient in genomics and blockchain technology, explained that her motivation for learning about these technologies was “to create the best future for all of us.”
Ben Nashman, the 18-year-old founder of Synex Medical, shared his work on non-invasive blood metabolite monitoring technology that will help people with diabetes and heart disease better manage their condition. Synex Medical is currently working on miniaturising the technology so it can be integrated into a wearable device. “I wake up every single day super-excited to work on this problem,” said Nashman.
Fifteen-year-old Sabarish Gnanamoorthy is the founder of WaypointAR, a startup developing indoor navigation technology using augmented reality (AR) and computer vision—at least, for now. Gnanamoorthy’s grander vision involves using AR and VR to create a utopia and solve human problems like cost of housing or education, distance and issues of identity.
All three entrepreneurs are students or graduates of Toronto’s Knowledge Society, a human accelerator which mentors future leaders aged 13 to 17.