“Times they are a’changin” A song Bob Dylan was awarded a Nobel prize for conceiving. Rightly won for they are changing fast.

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STEAM

Turning the page with an acronym, & at the same time drawing the attention of students to the four technical components, teachers have included something of the ARTS in STEAM. Why? Because it is an interesting component that helps the imagination & knowledge of life. As an engineer I benefitted greatly from this addition to my scientific knowledge.

STE(A)M (Click to go)

(STEAM, Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics)

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Education

A changing mindset subject where as a resident in a long term care home many residents around me still think that all human life requires for success is a sound mind & strength whereas today the strength is provided by human controlled machines & mind soundness is supplemented by computer programmes.

!Much mankind intelligence, note, is being supplemented by some form of Artificial intelligence (AI)!

So far I have not mentioned the trade skills which have been largely applied by machines that are human directed. Skills such as provided by carpenters will be needed but provided through them using more & more advanced machinery that will require more mental skills to operate.

A message to be noted & acted upon is that the workforce will require further training & newcomers will require advanced training.

Human like robots assisting humans & working alongside humans have not been factored here but we are told they will soon be coming so human education has to be adjusted to suit.

Those working on the crafts will also require retraining as the machines they will operate become more complicated & training in general will benefit through inclusion of arts.

In those many service areas, such as insurance, where a client making a claim is met with a company representative, that company representative now has to often interface with a computer at the company & this requires added education.

Mankind has entered a new work world foreseen by clever Canadian “nerds” & implemented by Canadian decision makers. Canada is at the forefront both in providing education & intending to stay that way.

I have already mentioned that I think tradesfolk benefit from a little arts. Those who concentrate on science would be stodgy humans if we failed to mix in those who study exclusively the arts with others like me who are mainly scientists with a sprinkling of the arts in our education.

STEM OR STEAM

Electric Power

Energy already contained by Earth is & has been used by mankind to meet needs that have grown larger with time. Much of the used energy is not being replaced fast enough.

There is sufficient new energy reaching Earth from star Sun continually & if fully utilised would be more than our future foreseen needs. When this was written in 2019 only a little of the continuing energy from Sun is generating electric power.

Our task then is to find ways of generating electric power sufficient to meet our present & future needs. Other devices such as reducing population etc. are not denied us.

On with the task.

Indigenous/Northern

Our national government has created “Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)” (IN Group) that I will look at & blog about. Partly I was prompted by the US declaring that the North West Passage is not Canadian.

IN Group