IAE Blog

Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon not-for-profit corporation founded by David Moursund in August 2007. The IAE Blog was started in August 2010.

Viewing “Now” from Past Forecasts

For a number of years the IAE-pedia has published links and brief descriptions of forecasts for the future. What the Future Is Bringing Us has had nearly 75,000 hits and currently covers the years 2007 to 2015. The same section of the IAE-pedia also includes a number of links to other “historical” IAE documents.

The complete list of 10 forecasts in 2007 was:

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Computerization of Jobs

The history of factory automation and mass production goes back long before the development of electronic digital computers. For example, quoting from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_production#History:

Crossbows made of bronze were mass-produced in China during the Warring States Period [in approximately 475 BC]. The Qin Emperor unified China at least in part by equipping large armies with these weapons, which were equipped with a sophisticated trigger mechanism made of interchangeable parts. Ships of war were mass-produced at a moderate cost by the Carthaginians in their excellent harbors, allowing them to efficiently maintain their control of the Mediterranean [in approximately 264 to 146 BC].… Mass production in the publishing industry has been commonplace since the Gutenberg Bible  was published using a printing press in the mid-15th century.

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Mohandas Ghandi: Living and Learning

 I like to collect inspiring and insightful quotations. See my collection at http://iae-pedia.org/Quotations_Collected_by_David_Moursund. Here is one of my favorites:

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. (Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi; led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights, and freedom across the world; 1869–1948.)

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About Being a Prolific Writer

Recently I received an email message commenting on how prolific a writer I have been. The message suggested that I share some of my “secrets.”

Some Personal History

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Can Scientists Do Great Research As They Grow Older?

As I was growing up, I was taught that scientists did their best work before age 30. I believed this statement and used it from time to time as I reached and then passed that magical age.

Recently I read an article by Cristina Luiggi. It indicates that the "best work before age 30" assertion had some validity  in the past, but is now out of date. 

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