As it turns out, I, and many cohorts far brighter than I, spent much of the last decade on economic activities that the Invisible Hand has deemed worthless (or at least not very worthy :-). So while the world continued to grapple with hunger, disease and want of material goods like TVs, kitchen appliances and ever-larger SUVs... I did little to help in those great causes.
So what next? In my case, a period of immersion in contemporary Information Technology, to catch up with the developments that led to the Web boom in the first place.