From the Acknowledgments and Dedication page of the ARRL PIC Programming for Beginners Book by Mark Spencer, WA8SME:
I would like to acknowledge the contribution of you, the reader of this text.
As a life-long learner, you are my real inspiration. At times it feels like technology is passing us by, but I am inspired by those who want to be more than just technology users... and I thank you for that.
I've always been more interested in the experimental/technical side of ham radio, as opposed to the operational side.
And I have to agree with Mark. Those who truly inspire and make a difference in this hobby are those driven to learn.
The way I see it, primary interests of say; emergency communications, DX, contesting, Field Day, and QSO Party's are less constructive in the grand scheme of things.
Now I understand why over the years I have been slowly shifting away from the more traditional ham traditions toward the more experimental, futuristic ones.
How do you spend your time in this great hobby? (By the way, above are thumb nails of some books I have read and recommend)
Also worth mention is the OP-ED in the February QST by Randy Ross, KI4ZJI titled "Evolve or Die" makes good points. He points out the close tie between Amateur Radio and societies evolving technology. And to ensure that continues he suggests:
"Knowledge of computers and the Internet should be embraced and incorporated into the newest evolutions of Amateur Radio."