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+ - Chinese Government to Put 3D Printers in All 400,000 Elementary Schools-> 1 1

InfiniteZero writes: Education is probably one of the areas that will benefit the most from 3D printers in the long run. The problem though is getting the machines into the schools in the first place. The Chinese government has a new policy to install a 3D printer in each of its approximately 400,000 elementary schools over the next two years.
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Comment: Re:It is a start (Score 4, Insightful) 233 233

Predictable response when it comes to India and China. Check out the following article.. Hint: cheating, or at least the temptation, is something universal in human nature.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-...

On an unrelated note, Chinese students dominate the prestigious International Science Olympiad competitions. You can't cheat in those.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

Comment: Re:A better article, not behind a paywall: (Score 1) 85 85

Thanks for the link. Sounds like the key to Minerva is their platform that promises to be more interactive and engaging than the traditional lecture hall style classes.

I think it has potential. However, an overall college experience has much more to do with knowledge and learning.. It's about the people you meet. It's not clear whether Minerva has an edge in that regard.

Comment: Re:As Doomed as the Kellog-Briand Pact (Score 1) 318 318

Russia or China maybe, but no way ISIS can pull this off because they'll never have the massive industrial infrastructure needed for such development and deployment. Only slight chance for them is to buy the robots from Russia and/or China.

Comment: Successful Risk Taker (Score 4, Insightful) 131 131

NO, he had the insight, and much more importantly, he took the risk and made things happen. It's the right time and the right place only in hindsight.

Keep bitching and moaning about others' success from the comfort of your couch, while the risk takers out there continue to do big and great things.

Comment: Really? (Score 3, Interesting) 126 126

> a complex fabric of personal, corporate and government organization relationships

Are we talking about China, or America? At that high level, the line between corporations and the government becomes blurry, no matter which country you live in. Just look at Standard Oil, Boeing, Halliburton... The list goes on.

Comment: Re:And well they should. (Score 2) 79 79

Liability not in the sense of suing someone, but in the sense that you won't be liable and your ass is safe.

Say you are the CIO of a company. If you pick MS and something goes wrong, you can shift the blame onto MS. If you pick OSS and something goes wrong, well, the blame will be on you.

Hence the old adage: nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.

Comment: Re:What is your goal? (Score 2) 167 167

Here's a secret: what you find interesting and exciting while you are 20 year old, and therefore "want to do with the rest of your life", may be vastly different 20 years later.

It's called personal growth, and the trick is to constantly reinvent yourself.

Comment: It Changes with Age (Score 3, Insightful) 346 346

When I was a restless kid with unlimited energy, it was summer hands down. The seemingly endless summer break, the adventures, the DIY projects...

Now it's autumn. As an adult you appreciate the subtlety and richness under the unassuming quietness of the falling leaves.

I suppose in a few decades when the prospect of graveyard starts to manifest over the horizon, I will find the allure of winter.

Interestingly enough, there is a parallel in my favorite color over the years.

Comment: All Science is Computer Science (Score 1) 237 237

All Science is computer science nowadays, and I'm not even a computer scientist. So yes, there are many fields that are in great need of computer scientists and/or programmers. For example this guy, who popularized the term "connectome":

http://hebb.mit.edu/people/seung/

And BTW, his excellent TED talk:

http://www.ted.com/talks/sebastian_seung.html

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