如何较早提升孩子的综合竞争力?

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不久前,我的同事Patrick在他上一篇博文中(C.I.C. (Curiosity, Imagination and Creativity) is the best asset for our kids)向大家介绍了一个Carbon公司,对于关注圆创屋的读者们,这些前沿科技讯息应该是不陌生的。巧合的事,这次我看到了关于Carbon的最新商业消息Continue reading

Love them or fear them, we parents need to keep an eye on them robots

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My six-year-old daughter will likely join the workforce in the next 15 years or so. Of course, it’s not a good thing to over-manage neither her life nor her career, but what’s a parent to do when we see recent headlines like these about robots?

Economist magazine: Will robots displace humans as motorised vehicles ousted horses?

BBC: Robots to affect up to 30% of UK jobs, says PwC.

 

Love them or fear them, robots are here to stay and their abilities are growing exponentially. We are already seeing early versions of self-driving cars, delivery drones on land and in the air, and, yes, robotic baby sitters.

The PwC report provided some details with these statistics.

– 30% of existing jobs in the UK were potentially at a high risk of automation, compared with 38% in the US, 35% in Germany and 21% in Japan.

– Jobs at high risk from automation:

Transportation and storage – 56%

Manufacturing – 46%

Wholesale and retail trade – 44%

Administrative and support services – 37%

Financial and insurance – 32%

Professional, scientific and technical – 26%

Construction – 24%

Arts and entertainment – 22%

Agriculture, forestry and fishing – 19%

Human health and social work – 17%

Education – 9%

Source: PwC

 

Both reports and articles stressed the importance of educating the workforce to ensure future workers can find jobs. But as a parent of a six-year-old, here are some simple actions that I’m doing, for and with my daughter in the coming years:

  1. Keep an eye on the latest developments. Wherever you source your news, spend at least a few hours a week looking through the science and technology section. If you have not been doing this, you will be very surprised what you come across!
  1. Attend STEAM events with your family. Family friendly STEAM fairs are now available in cities around the world with hundreds of thousands of attendees during these multi-day events. One of the biggest is the Maker Faire, but many schools run science fairs as well. Kids love the hands-on workshops. (In fact, we at 3D Roundhouse will have another booth at the Hong Kong Maker Faire this Saturday and Sunday April 8-9, 2017!)
  1. Take some STEAM workshops with your child. Whether it’s coding, robotics or 3D printing, there is no reason why parents can’t also learn along with their children. Over the past year, 3D Roundhouse has hosted dozens of workshops where parents and their children learn 3D modeling for 3D printing together. You can learn more about our workshops here.

Personally, I believe our children will find peaceful ways to coexist with robots. But as parents, we need to ensure our children can develop the wisdom to use this new technology in a proper and responsible way. The best way to do so is to understand what robots are and how they work. Working with your children to become more knowledgeable about the STEAM fields is a really great way to do so.

C.I.C. (Curiosity, Imagination and Creativity) is the best asset for our kids

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Hi Parents!

Do you remember the good old days? When we used to print with one 3D printer at a time? It was far away in the past: in November 2016!!!

I am not kidding! It is amazing how faster and faster things are moving. And you know what? I think the acceleration of the change has accelerated 😊 a lot in a few months.

I give you one example right away. In my November 2016 article “Parents, Simple And Effective Experiences To Do Good For Your Children’s Future”, I talked about a company named Carbon. At the beginning of 2016 they presented a revolutionary 3D printer: the M1. The speed and quality of the print were amazing. A few months later, as I was writing about them, they were almost overtaken by competitors.

Since my article, only four months ago, Carbon has improved a lot its products. They just launched a revolutionary 3D printing system you can scale up at will: The Carbon Speedcell™.

START YOUR OWN 3D PRINTING FACTORY

“Stop prototyping. Start producing” is the slogan you can see on the front page on their website. The idea is to use from one to as many as you need M1 or the new M2 3D printer, add one or several Smart Part Washer (a machine able to clean up 3D printed models very fast) and you can start your own 3D printing factory anywhere you want. You can print with many different materials. Soft, hard, high temperature resistant and many, many more.

NewPro3D was the “opponent” of Carbon in my former article. What will be their answer to the Carbon Speedcell? I don’t know yet. They have an impressive ILI technology (Intelligent Liquid Interface) to play with to create amazing 3D printers but nothing appears on their website. Maybe a surprise in a few months? A few weeks? A few days? Tomorrow???

These new technologies give us new possibilities. Somebody will have to come up with new ideas. Our kids could do it.

APPLY THE C.I.C. METHOD

Things are moving so fast now. Being able to find the right information or idea at the right time AND being able to use it appropriately is a skill more and more looked after in the professional world. New problems need new solutions.

Dads and mums, keep nurturing and improving the Curiosity, Imagination and Creativity of your sons and daughters. It will allow them to make the difference with the crowd when they will face new services or products. Curiosity, Imagination and Creativity will help them to come up with new solutions when new problems, or opportunities, will stand in front of them. They will become the go-to person in their companies.

 

Parents, keep up the good job!

从一部电影虑当今教育

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上周看了一部电影,叫《模仿游戏》(The Imitation Game)。一部不算最新的影片,但可惜的是我才发现并看到。一部类似人物传记类的影片,以二战时期为背景,并以倒叙及插叙的表现形式向观众诠释故事内容。 Continue reading

“3D printing can be as expressive as painting.”

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So says Dr. Neil Gershenfeld, Massachusetts Institute of Technology physics professor and founder of the Centre for Bits & Atoms (CBA) in this SCMP article.

Parents! Please take a moment to consider this extremely profound statement by one of the leading technology thinkers of our time. (The New York Times has dubbed Dr. Gershenfeld as “the intellectual godfather of the maker movement.”)

CBA

Dr. Neil Gershenfeld, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Our children spend countless hours engaged in various forms of painting – first finger, then brush, on paper, canvas, pottery, toys, etc. Why? Because painting has been an excellent and intuitive way for children to define and express themselves. In fact, this has been the case since our ancestors lived in caves!

But with 3D printing, we now have a more streamlined tool to help us move beyond 2D to “paint” in 3D. It’s a huge change! First, just by adding the third dimension, 3D printing allows our children to extend their imagination beyond the two dimensional limitations of a typical flat sheet of paper. Second, as 3D printers improve with lower costs and newer materials, children can consider material as well as color in their creations. Here, 3D printing even surpasses sculpting, which is mainly in one material. Finally, we have already witnessed 3D prints that cannot be made by traditional manufacturing methods, such as this sculpture in the photo below.

A woman stands behind the a 3D printed sculptur ‘Myrstaw’ by Belgian designer Nick Ervinck during the international fairs FabCon 3.D and Rapid.Tech in Erfurt, central Germany, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. 145 exhibitors from all over the world present their products until June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Given this, can 3D printing be EVEN MORE expressive than painting? How can we use this new tool to help our children reach their full potential? And most importantly, how many of those paintings hanging on refrigerators can be replaced by even more intricate 3D prints? 😉 We should wholly support our children to see!

Is Your Child Crazy…or Not???

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Hi Parents!

From time to time (or very often!), do you think that your child has some really crazy ideas?

My son has some recurring conversation topics. The planet Mars is one of them. He would like to 3D print a new house for us using the dust and sand you can find on the surface of Mars or by crushing some rocks into powder. He even thinks to use some elements you could find in the waste bin like plastics or aluminum cans.

I could have told him that his ideas are stupid or at least crazy. But before telling this kind of harsh words to my loved one, come with me a few minutes to check if he could be onto something.

The D-Shape

One guy is on his way to 3D printing on the moon: Enrico Dini. This really creative Italian man has invented the D-Shape, a 3D printer able to print big structures.

3D Printing on the Moon

The ESA (European Spatial Agency) plans to use the D-Shape technology on the moon. They want to send an automated 3D printer that will print a lunar base before sending humans to live and work in it.

3D Printing Stone-Like Objects

Above the beauty of being able to print several meters high or long objects, which is already great, the end result is a stone-like object. It is like sculpting without a hammer and a chisel. Enrico uses sand and a magnesium-based binder to get this amazing result.

The First Ever 3D Printed Bridge is in Spain!

The D-Shape technology was very recently used by the IAAC (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Spain) to print nothing else but the first ever 3D printed bridge!

Can you believe it? A bridge! Ok, that one is “only” 12 m long and 1.75 m large. But it is a real pedestrian bridge installed in a park in the south of Madrid, Spain. They used a slightly different material (a concrete powder with a thermoplastic polypropylene binder) but the result is still a stone-like bridge. Amazing job!

Is Your Child Crazy…or Not?

As I very often say to my son:

“The only limitation to what you can do is your own imagination.”

If you can think it, you can create it (or somebody else will be able to create it for you). If you have a crazy idea, you can either work on it right away, or you will see it done by somebody else in the months or years to come.

The speed of innovation is increasing exponentially.

 

So, parents, I have a personal request for you:

Please, never ever again tell your son or daughter that his or her idea is stupid or crazy. This “stupid” or “crazy” idea could lead her or him to revolutionize an entire industry.

ENJOY YOUR CRAZY IDEAS TOGETHER!

How are your child’s “portfolios of creative works” coming along?

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Quora, the website where questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by its community of users, recently sent a series of questions to Salman Khan, Founder of the Khan Academy, on the very important issue of education. Here is one of the questions I found the most relevant to my own situation, as I have a six year old child, where he mentions “portfolios of creative works.”

How will education change in the next 10 years?

Competency Based Credentials

Today’s high school and college diplomas are based more on how much time you spent in class rather than what you are actually capable of. This is why colleges and employers see so little information in traditional diplomas/transcripts and, instead, turn to things like standardized exams, peer assessment and portfolios of creative work.

I think that in 10 years, you will have globally recognized credentials that are independent of any individual academic institution. In order to achieve them, you need to prove skill competency, have great peer reviews, and have an impressive portfolio (I believe that you should have a portfolio regardless of what you want to do in life).

 

Building “portfolios of creative works” makes a lot of sense to me, particularly the “creative” part. I think most parents, myself included, hope their child can develop into his or her own person. There should be a strong sense of self worth and independent thinking as he or she builds some type of career. Given this, I also think 3D modeling and 3D printing could be an excellent tool to create such portfolios!

Imagine how a college or job application would stand out if a child has a portfolio of 3D printed product prototypes, which she has worked on for the last 5-10 years. Each item would have its own evolution story where the child could explain herself. The items can be from different industries – for a school application – or one specific industry – for a job application. If the job is in a service industry, the creative aspect of the portfolio can be reviewed. But ultimately and most importantly, this “portfolio of creative works” would be an excellent tool for both interviewer and interviewee to see if they are suitable for each other. Thanks Mister Khan for your excellent idea!

 

What is it to Be Human in the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

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Hi Parents,

How many among you have followed the 2017 World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland? Many leaders in industries, politics, arts and media go there to have private and open meetings and discuss what they think the world should be.

One open conference had a very interesting title: What is it to Be Human in the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Five panelists were invited to this conference. They represented government, culture, religion, social networking and the game industry. You will find below what I found the most interesting and what could spark some reflections and questions in your mind.

Buckle your seat belt!

Melanie Joly

Minister for Canadian Heritage, Department of Canadian Heritage of Canada

Art and culture have an important economic potential.

[Canada sees] the 4th industrial revolution as a creative revolution and nothing is more human than creativity.

Investing in Art and Culture will lead to innovation and that will lead to economic growth, which is inclusive growth.

My Takeaway for mums and dads:

I think that the human mind is great at creating content and innovative ways to deliver it. Daily content like basic facts or economic and financial information are already available and will be more and more processed by AI, delivered directly to us on our smartphones. But the human imagination and creativity, if nurtured and developed, will be a key factor to differentiate us from AI.

 

Nicole Schwab

Co-Founder and President, EDGE Certified Foundation

We need to be able to connect with one another. To connect deeply in a very human way.

There is a deep need for human connection. Human connection gives us joy and happiness.

Many old people regret one thing: They wish they had spent more time with the people they love.

Deep connection is a key of our well being and happiness, the key to the challenges that we are facing.

But this connection doesn’t just happen.

Empathy and compassion [are key players here.]

The problem is we have never been so distracted than now.

We spend less and less time reflecting. We spend less and less time in a state when we are not on our apps, when we are not distracting our mind.

We have all experienced a moment when we are talking to somebody who is physically in front of you but you know his mind is running about the tasks he has to do today or whatever. But you could feel the difference with the same person physically in front of you but his mind is fully present. If someone is fully present you can feel it.

We need to intentionally make more time to practice being fully present and engage in processes that will help us develop empathy and compassion.

My Takeaway for mums and dads:

When we are with our kids, we have to be with them fully. We need to stop our minds from wandering, thinking about something else than what is related to the moment we are having with them. And, please, no more iPhone between our children and us (either way, no more “nanny smartphones” and no more mum or dad using their mobile instead of being really present when it is children time). Attention span is shrinking among kids AND adults. ADD and ADHD (both behavioral problems) are rising faster than the power of your computer.

We give ourselves less time to think, to reflect. We are becoming a reaction machine. And a reaction machine is obviously very seldom a proactive machine. If we have less reflection moments, we have less great and pure creation moments. As a parent, we need to show our kids and teach them what proactivity is. It is crucial for our little ones to get a grip on the life they will have. Otherwise, they will get a really sad life.

“We are responsible, as humans, as citizens, of what we use and how we use it” applies to digital tools and digital content.

 

Ahmad Iravani

President and Executive Director, Center for the Study of Islam and the Middle East (CSIME)

Being human and living in a digital age is an issue.

If we can use digital medias and digital tools towards to help others, toward education, then that is something highly recommended.

My Takeaway for mums and dads:

Computers, tablets and smartphones are great tools for us (parents) and for our children but we have to use them in a smarter way.

It’s a SMART-phone, not a DUMB-phone! But so many people seem to forget it.

 

Allen Blue

Co-Founder and Vice-President, Products, LinkedIn Corporation

Every year, we look at the most important skills that people are hiring in the world. And for the last few years, every one of the top ten skills has been a technology skill. So, for 2016, the top skill has been Data scientist.

The main reason I am here at the Forum is to talk to different companies and governments about how we help people make a transition from a world that is focused on a diverse collection of skills to a world that is just focused primarily on technologically enabled skills. Because that transition is an important one for us to remain employed, to remain part of the economy and to remain part of our communities.

It turns out that the most important single factor in terms of being able to get that job, once you have the skills for it, is the people who are right around you: Your network, your connections, your guanxi.

In LinkedIn we have made it very easy to surround yourself with only people who share your own perspective. And that’s true in general about Facebook, about Twitter, about all the forms of media that we consume online. So, a big challenge for us going forward is how do we find that connection with each other again to allow having the kind of diverse and productive conversation in an environment where it is very easy to only be surrounded by people who agree with you.

My Takeaway for mums and dads:

Unless you go back living in the nature like our ancestors, being tech-savvy is not anymore nice-to-have; it is a MUST-have! Other knowledge is great too but you have to mix at least basic technology knowledge with them.

Our human brain doesn’t like divergence at all. It sometimes spikes our cortisol (stress hormone) level. That’s why we prefer to spend time with people who think, talk and even dress like us. But we need to be confronted to other ways of thinking. That’s where great progress is often made. To be challenged is often a great way to grow as a human being.

 

Tracy Fullerton

Game Designer and Professor, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts

Games have helped humans define rules since the beginning of the humanity. It has huge implications in the building of society, of government, and in many ways of interacting with each other.

Now, with technology that allows us to play with one another through the Internet, through digital media, we can say that it’s not you and I that are deciding to flip the coin. Now the computer is going to decide what gets flipped and what gets decided. And we are going to submit ourselves to that computer.

And, I guess for me, the question of the day is: How does that change us as humans when some of the most deeply practiced human activity such as play become adjudicated by AI or by digital media and technologies and social networks? How do we move forward when we are no longer the ones making those rules or adjudicating those rules?

I don’t feel that I design technology; I feel that I design opportunities for humans to grow.

My takeaway for mums and dads:

Using more and more technology, day after day, is nice. It often simplifies our life and makes it possible to do more in less time or to have fun in a new way. But we need to keep in mind that question:

”Is what I am currently doing with tech stuff empowering me or disempowering me? Am I giving away one more piece of what is making me a human?”

 

To close this unusual post, I would like to tell you, mums and dads, that you have a new responsibility now. And it will take more and more time of your life and the life of your loved ones:

To help your kids and you, enjoy technology in a fulfilling and happy way, but stay in control of their lives and don’t let the technology control what they think and do.

Never forget that, at least until now, young people using social networks are much more depressed than the ones who don’t. That’s our duty, parents, to make sure it will not happen with our progeny.

你能通过上学来学到创造力吗?

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创造力(想象力),我们是否能通过学校里的知识来学习并有效地发挥好这些能力呢?若你看看这些伟大的艺术家,音乐家或企业家,会不由得感慨这些少数杰出者们所在创造力上拥有的天赋,而这些可能就是我们大多数人所只能望而兴叹了。 Continue reading