|Re: HP - Quo vadis?|
Message #3 Posted by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil) on 1 Feb 2010, 11:17 a.m.,
in response to message #2 by Thomas Radtke
Quote:I wonder why.
The targets are education and financial business (12C(P)). Engineering and science is obviously out of scope (...)
I am an electrical engineer and I 'act' as a teacher lately, mostly because in Brazil it is hard to do what I like most: R&D. I can point out many reasons for that, but the main ones relate to '$'! R&D demand 'risky' investments, but today´s management demands 'risky' to be measured. I was (re)viewing some specials related to NASA and the Moon, but a particular mentioning from one of the engineers working with the lunar module called my attention. They were asked to predict budget and scheduling for the modules, but, he says, budget and scheduling are 'best guesses' based on previous experiences. How can someone give a 'best guess' based on no previous experiences? Delays and unexpected expenses should be taken as lack of experience instead of lack of knowledge.
Now we are facing another 'reality': once developers do not prove it is profitable, forget it! No matter if it will benefit mankind, it must benefit sponsors bank accounts. And were are the engineers and scientists? I wrote developers, it does not mean they are engineers neither scientists. CAD/CAE/CAM and HDSL need only commands to produce mechanical parts and integrated circuits.
Guys, I am waiting for an answer, don´t have any! I am teaching, and my students are supposed to be system analysts, pedagogues, physicians ('Computer Science Applied to Medicine') and managers. No scientists, no engineers.
Who´s gonna turn ideas into reality in the near future?