I agree, Nadine. Parallel parking is a bit of a lost art these days. None of my kids are able to do it. I think it's interesting that Kevin chose to make his point with a comparison to parallel parking. There is indeed a "parallel" there.
I totally agree. I love to create designs by hand because it allows me to really engage with components. As I draw circuit schematic designs, I have this internal talk on the electrical behavior between a resistor -capacitor network and does the combination makes since for the intended design. Yes, engineers have become too dependent on digital tools and the mere though of going back to using manual instruments does scare them.
:-) It said even the worst driver..... I took a picture last week of a driver that ran off a cliff backing down his/her driveway, so maybe not :-) but certainly innovative. There's also a 4WD electric car that has 4 wheel steering for similar effect. Amazing the effort people go to to park a car.
Good point about the experience. I stopped hiring CS majors (no offense folks) for writing firmware because they rarely had experience with the limited resources in an embedded system. Huge structures would be passed back and forth on the stack and so many Interrupt Service Routines would be running that the processor never had a chance to complete a task before the next IRQ. The software was well-written and easy to understand, it's just that the author's lack of experience on an embedded system would gobble up every machine cycle and byte of memory.
"In engineering, there is much more at stake than simply losing a parking place."
I know parking system is more on technicalites but I believe we can resolve parking problems manually. In America, parking tickets are too insignificant for out budget-strapped police departments to devote much effort to enforcing. For many drivers, they have become little more than an annoyance, entitling them to park in any manner they please just to save walking a few steps. But apparently that is not the case the world over, as two recent cases in the U.K. illustrate.
As an industry, we now need to up our game and provide contractors with easier ways to properly identify and report counterfeit products and build collaboration between manufacturers, design engineers, industry organizations, and government.
The shift to aluminum is gaining momentum and the demand from automakers for aluminum is soaring, "expecting to reach one billion pounds this year, up from 200 million in 2012, and to grow by more than 30% annually through 2020."
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