I am 17 year old student currently doing the first year of my IB diploma in Africa. in the entirety of my life all my subjects were one's that will orient me towards a future in a scientific field which I often argued with my father about. I am highly interested in mathematics and physics and am insanely fond about the coming singularity and the new technology that will emerge and forever change our world. Throughout most of my life my aim was to become a theoretical physicist as I thoroughly enjoyed ideas of novel futuristic devices that I often saw in Sci-fi movies believing that physicists were the originators of most of the technology we see in the world today this notion backed up by the fact that I would frequently watch numerous interviews of Dr. Michio Kaku's and notice how he portrayed physicists such as himself in such a great light. But then, my father had a really enlightening talk with me about how physicists are no longer as required as before and he'd prefer that I choose a more lucrative field like medicine as 'physics is running down the drain'.The thing is I am looking for a field in science which is very promising and that would surely thrust the earth closer towards the alleged singularity, but that as well pays and in itself is highly interesting. I hope I am not asking for too much and it would be really ecstatic if someone gave me some good options.