The non-technical fields that young people should be studying if they want to be innovators

No one disputes that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Eric Schmidt built their careers—and fortunes—on their technical know-how. But their successes wouldn’t have occurred if they hadn’t pursued softer subjects like psychology and international relations. Technological innovation requires fusing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with humanities, Alec Ross, one-time innovation advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Industries of the Future author, told Quartz. STEM students would do well to broaden their horizons. Zuckerberg, who famously launched Facebook out of his Harvard dormitory, studied computer science, but he also majored in psychology at the Ivy-league college. It was his understanding of the human psyche that made the social network such a success, Ross argues, because it shaped the user experience of the platform. Schmidt, the former Google…


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