Robot romance versus reality

Overheard on the MIT campus:

“Designing robots sounds romantic but you have to major in EE and at that point you’re just a number.” — female student talking to male student as they walked near Building 18

If you’re in school: Good luck picking a major this year!

6 Comments

  1. dean

    September 7, 2017 @ 1:10 pm

    1

    MIT admissions did a great job on this one. What do MIT students expect to do? Waiting for magic wand and eternal youth elixir from MIT graduates.

  2. lion

    September 7, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

    2

    You can always design robots as a hobby without an EE degree. 20 years ago, before the student loan boom, self taught ability was how most people got jobs.

  3. Roger

    September 7, 2017 @ 1:56 pm

    3

    Funny. Why didn’t her high school college counselor tell her that everyone at MIT is just a number? Why didn’t a feminist convince her that if a man can be just a number, then a women should do that also?

  4. billg

    September 7, 2017 @ 5:47 pm

    4

    I know a woman who spent her childhood reading Asimov and dreaming about designing robots. She worked hard to be a top student, earned a BSc in computer engineering, then a PhD from Harvard in biomedical engineering. But it turns out there aren’t many actual jobs for robot designers. Today she teaches intro MATLAB at a mid-tier university.

    So if you’re in school: Good luck picking a major this year, but talk to some people working in your chosen field first!

  5. Smartest Woman on the Internet

    September 8, 2017 @ 9:41 pm

    5

    talk to some people working in your chosen field first!

    As a high school student, I found it incredible that every practicing lawyer I talked to advised me not to go to law school. So I majored in Computer Science, but still subsequently wasted one year and $5000 in the evening program at New England School of Law back in the mid 80s.

  6. Neal

    September 9, 2017 @ 2:32 am

    6

    There’s a reason why we have different words for “work” and “fun”.

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