Kevin, I agree with you that this is the type of thing that probably needs more attention in schools. It might also be a good subject for CEUs for professional engineers. I am not a mechanical engineer, but I am involved with the IEEE and we do many sessions a year to help engineers get their CEUs.
On the other hand, the estimate of savings seems large. I am prepared to accept it, but that is 1/30th of the largest economy in the world.
Kevin, this is not a tongue-in-cheek suggestion. Perhaps DesignNews or UBM itself would be a good flag bearer for a project like this. As we continue to witness the retirement of ca. 75 Million Baby Boomers, how simple would it be to ask folks to describe what they do professionally in front of a webcam that can be archived by Youtube? Given automated captioning now or in the future, it is conceivable that the collective on-the-job experience need not retire with the retirees and actually be archived, searched, and retrieved. I would love to see what best practices could be learned from an automated review of millions of videos...
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