Army basic training stress following order. They tell you exactly when to wake, eat, sleep. You have no autonomy. That is necessary for soldiers to keep marching in face of danger. If you are told to carry this ammo box 20 miles you do it. You don't ask isn't there a better way.
Film and art industry stress creativity above all else. Problem solving requires creativity. Interesting film industry came up with the idea first. Interesting parallel is the quality of workforce between US and China. Oversea workforce are rigid and follow order. Understandable in a totalitarian regime. We stress creativity and innovation. Out students are allowed to question the teacher.
As technology advance, and we are facing a constantly changing enemy, Army may have to change their approach from a rigid top down to more lean manufacturing like. Each soldier have to come up with innovative ways to solve problems on their own.
Good example is Katrina. Coast Guard was the one branch that did well in the disaster. They were taught to make decision on their own instead of depend on a rigid command structure.
This seems like a great idea - I find it hard to believe that know one thought of this before. More likely, numerous people had considered similar concepts but all the "planets" finally lined up just right for it to move forward.
On a side note: Being from Minnesota - it pains me to know that Jesse Ventura had any part of this.
While not an example of crowdsouring per say, this shows the power of letting everyday users put their heads together to take a product to the next level. Tapping into the collective wisdom of real people actually using real products can deliver insights into what works and what doesn't that just isn't possible by non-users even if they are engineers.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.