A few weeks ago I was intimidated by an amazing collection of experts in biomedical engineering. I made a few suggestions on the way their careers would develop.

Dear Colleagues

A few weeks ago I was intimidated by an amazing collection of experts in biomedical engineering. I made a few suggestions on the way their careers would develop.

I clearly remember being a young student being very briefly indoctrinated into the mysteries of biomedical engineering at Groote Schuur hospital by the inimitable heart surgeon, Chris Barnard. As you would probably recollect – his passion was on heart transplants and the heart pacemakers in those days were embarrassingly brutally simple in operation compared to the purring kit today.

I made a few suggestions to this learned gallery of biomedical experts as to the incredible opportunities we can all harness as engineering professionals today in our careers, as outlined below.

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Significant Changes
Many of the changes today are driven by being in a hyper connected world. Where the Internet of things (IoT) will act to connect us together to sensors and controllers. Virtual reality, automation and artificial intelligence will continue to improve in leaps and bounds.

Fourth Industrial Revolution
This all forms part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The first three were mechanisation (steam), electrical power (Ford Motor Cars) and digital (transistors and microchips). The fourth one - in essence - is about software.

The Significant Trends are about such elements as:

  • Cybersecurity – hacking galore is something we have to fight against.
  • Internet of Things – everything is connected today.
  • Artificial Intelligence/Automation – meet a robot today.
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality – think of Pokemon.
  • Cloud Computing – centralising computing at a server.
  • Drones – have your pizzas delivered by air.
  • Big Data – analyse the sea of information for trends and wisdom.
  • Renewable Energy – with storage batteries we have suddenly got our own power station.

All exciting stuff – now we need to hitch a lift on some of these trends for our engineering careers.


Remember as Robert A. Heinlein remarked: ‘One man’s “magic’ is another man’s engineering. “Supernatural” is a null word’.

Yours in engineering learning

Steve

Mackay’s Musings – 2nd August’16 #611
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