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.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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