Technology may be the lifeblood of engineers, but it’s the business of almost everyone. From the time we turn on the radio in the morning until we check our final email messages at night, we’re pushing buttons, turning keys, and answering electronic beeps.
That’s why virtually everyone has an opinion on technology. Economists like to cite its importance, and users may rage against its inadequacies, but all of us have thoughts on it. Occasionally, some of those thoughts are profound.
Today, we offer insights, forecasts, and observations on technology. From wise to witty to wildly inaccurate, here are a few of the most notable. Click on the image below to start the slideshow.
“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.”
— John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States (Quote source: Wikiquote / Photo source: Wikipedia)
Yes, Rob, Pop Sci actually mentioned the global warming problem in their editorial about commenters, saying, "A politically-motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically-validated topics. Everything from evolution to the origins of climate change..."
Interesting that you see the stereotypes continuing to play out with your kids, Rob, but it's also good to see one of your girls interested in more technical games and ideas as well. Stereotypes are made to be broken!
Good point, Rob. We do have a couryeous group, with a few rare exceptions. I saw the Pop Sci editorial about discontiuing comments. They alluded to the fact that a lot of their over-the-top comments were about global warming.
Elizabeth, if there are efforts in place, I applaud them. Sometimes it's just a matter of breaking stereotypes. I don't think we've completely outgrown the notion that boys just play with guns and girls just play with dolls. I have a boy and two girls, so I know that it works that way much of the time. But I've also seen the doll-loving girl get very technical with SIMS.
You know, Chuck, even if things might get heated in Design News comments sometimes, our comments are typically both smart and polite. All you have to do is look at the comments on a mainstream site such as CNN, and wow!. I can see why Popular Mechanics discontinued comments. Ours so far, are mostly constructive.
Rob, This is not only for women basically it comes from inside what you want to do . You cant force anyone to be in specific field because if you are not willing to do that specific work or you dont like that work then its useless to be there because without passion one cant do anything .Specially for engineering it needs an inside push untill and unles you dont have that charm inside you , you cant be a good engineer .
People are spying each other and that process technology is helping them to do so . Basically technology has gone so ahead and far that the word which once was considered very important "PRIVACY" is no more there , every one can reach to every one . Basically we are living in the technology world and this was the choice that we have choosen by ourselves.
The question of whether engineers could have foreseen the shortcut maintenance procedures that led to the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 in 1979 will probably linger for as long as there is an engineering profession.
More than 35 years later, the post-mortem on one of the country’s worst engineering disasters appears to be simple. A contractor asked for a change in an original design. The change was approved by engineers, later resulting in a mammoth structural collapse that killed 114 people and injured 216 more.
If you’re an embedded systems engineer whose analog capabilities are getting a little bit rusty, then you’ll want to take note of an upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Analog Design for the Digital World,” running Monday, Nov. 17 through Friday, Nov. 21.
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