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Professor Peter Cochrane
co-founder of ConceptLabs, and former chief technologist at BT

When I was 11 years old, I became really interested in the ‘why and how’ of everything, and really frustrated with an education system founded upon rote learning and blind acceptance. I became an endless font of questions, and began to challenge what was being taught, as it appeared increasingly simplistic and very often founded upon false assumptions and facts.

I started to lift the lid, to see if I could understand the inner workings of everything mechanical, electronic and biological. Of course, I couldn’t. So I started a long trek through night school, extra day school, and eventually college and university. Along the way, I encountered numerous wonderful writers, teachers and professors. And when I got a job in industry, I found many individuals and groups to be beacons of understanding, latitude and teaching.

All of these people helped me and inspired me to push on, to increase my understanding and my potential to make a contribution. Throughout all of this – and I am now 60 years old – I never once lost the enthusiasm of that 11-year-old seeking the truth and understanding. And to my amazement, I still keep meeting people who inspire me to go on.

Peter Cochrane is author of Uncommon Sense: New Tips for Time Travellers (buy this book from Amazon (UK) or Amazon (USA)), and 108 Tips for Time Travellers: Your Essential Guide to New Technology and the Future (buy this book from Amazon (UK) or Amazon (USA)). See his website.