ozoneoceanArmagedonWe don't consider those people to be "nerds" now. Perspectives have shifted and the general public understands and values the need for science more than they used to. They're rightly respected as clever people.
So, I guess my answer is, yes, nerds still exist. They are just the people pushing the boundaries even further. It's just the medium changes.
-though I would be VERY pleased if people grew up a bit more about people who go to business school: no, an MBA doesn't indicate that a person is clever, no matter where they got it. Scientists are clever, business people just make money.
I completely agree, but the medium of what could be considered a nerd could also change depending on where the outsource of new ideas are coming from.
However, upon doing some research(ok... 5 minutes on google to find the "definition" of nerd isn't really research lol), it could also be said that a nerd can still be found in the technological medium.
According to Wikipedia (the great place that stuff could NEVER be false ROFL), nerds tend to lack that of a social interest and replace the need for a physical trait for that of an intellectual one.
If that is still the case, which I think it is, then nerds would still exist based on the criteria alone. Though it has become diluted, because many more have started to embrace their inner nerd.
Or I could be totally wrong... which is also likely lol.