Ever feel your heart almost jump in your throat because you knew you were witnessing something revolutionary? Probably not, and I hadn't either until I saw 12 year-old Thomas Suarez, iPad app developer, speak on Ted Talks. Watching this kid describe his greatest childhood woes of not knowing what program to use to develop software rather than the incomprehensible accent of the icecream truck man or not making the baseball team like a normal child will line you up with a giant pile of shock.
Sometimes it's hard to see the near future differently from the one in front of you, but just watching Thomas Suarez speak at such a young age with clarity, intelligence and passion, you know with a sudden slap to the face that change is happening faster than you can grasp. Was this what it was like to see lil' Mozart doing this musical thing?
This child genius Thomas Suarez will shape the world he wants and in doing so, change the world as you know it. His vision at the moment is to make more games and apps and he is working with third party developers to do so. Or perhaps he is part of a generational shift that sees children who want to design games instead of playing them. Either way, watching this Ted Talk, you will bear witness to that agent of change in a way that is most unsettling.