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  1. #1 Which branch of science will create the next billionaires? 
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    Nanotechnology, carbon nanotubes, quantum computers, solar energy / other methods of energy...

    These topics truly are the future. They can change our world, and depending on whoever creates them, they can create the next billionaires. Which type of scientists, combined with adequate business knowledge/skill, will be the one most likely to capitalize on any of these oncoming technologies?

    Basically, when the next tech/science billionaire comes, what degree would you think him to have? Those of the 90s tended to have computer science degrees, when the internet bubble came around. However, this might not be the case for the next generation. Of course, any savvy businessman could capitalize on research. But if it were to be a scientist, which type?

    an electrical engineer?
    a mechanical engineer?
    a computer scientist?
    a physicist?
    a chemist?
    >> or suggest any other field.

    I think it will be a chemist/physicist/engineer who specializes in nanotechnology, and who invents something for consumers/corporations that is original and useful. All of the other concepts (energy, computers) require large teams and corporations, thus diluting the ability for a single man to become rich. But I want to hear what you have to say.


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    Branches of science do not create any billionaires, they just provide technological solutions to billionaires. These people have some ideas (such as creating a global computer network) and various type of science (generally more than one branch) get involve to their projects. If a project or vision solve problems, open new ways, organise things more efficiently, then more people get involve and billions start to roll.
    Billionaires should be searched in critical and classical civilization determinants such as energy, communication, transportation, or brand new mass brain satisfaction methods such as artificial reality business...


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    That seems to make sense. So basically, anyone or any business-type-man with a basic, non-scientific understanding of new developments can capitalize on the advancements, as long as he "knows" the scientists pertaining to that technology? But wouldn't some prior education in the realm of that technology be necessary in order to bring that concept to the "real world"? Would a simple businessman be able to capitalize on potential billion-dollar technological ideas as much as a physicit/chemist/engineer-businessman, provided the social networking exists in either case?
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    None.
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    I would like to suggest geology. Geology gives us the oil industry, and the metal industry, and water supplies... geology does currently, and always will, result in billionaires.
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    Dick, be Frank.

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    If peak oil advocates are to be believed, then it would seem that alternative energy would be the next big thing.
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    that's all very nice and dandy but how many millionaire scientists do we know?

    I only know one.
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    craig venter ?
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    Well you could consider all the founders of most of the billion-dollar tech companies to be scientists. Google, Microsoft, Apple......
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    my bets on economic-militant minded statisticians
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR
    craig venter ?
    It's always Craig Venter. A few of the directors/founders of the biotech companies have made a decent amount of change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by corsican
    Well you could consider all the founders of most of the billion-dollar tech companies to be scientists. Google, Microsoft, Apple......
    doesn't make them scientists.
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    Mathmaticians.
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    indeed... if mathematicians did something like the Psychlos in Battlefield Earth(the book, not the movie) they would rule the world

    but first you need to take over psychiatry and churches, unite them, and then take over the education system and politics... wait a second...

    OMG ... that evil genius

    writes about his plans and then puts them into action



    any scientist that can write, who sells their soul to the church of Scientology, will role in the dough
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    Scientists are just workers. Workers don't usually become rich.
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    Hi
    If anyone develops Parrahub http://www.parrahub.org.au/
    They would make $billions ridding the big cities of gridlock at an affordable cost.
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    To get fabulously rich, you don't necessarily need a degree. People with good qualifications tend to go into employment, whereas those without are more likely to have a go at starting their own business. Although these don't all succeed, those that do can often make far more money than someone who got a degree and then went into a job. I think a good example would be Sir (or is it Lord now?) Alan Sugar, who started a business, then made a fortune selling computers despite not understanding them
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