WW II Museum

A reminder that war can weather us

As I’m digging through pictures from my New Orleans trip, I was reminded by the experience at the WW II Museum. It was sombering to see artifacts from yesteryear and to be reminded of the tragedies and triumphs we learned in high school history class.

Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Antonio Gurvera, Jr.’s customized canvas shell jacket. He drew an image of his submarine, USS Jallao (SS-368).

The museum itself was nicely organized by regions of the world. When you go through the museum you get an overview about the main players in the region. As you progress through the region, details of uniforms, tools, weapons, etc are on display. I personally enjoy seeing things like notebooks and clothes that were customize to identify individuals.

Here’s the first kiosk you would tap your RFID. I was assigned Mike Mervosh, a combat infantryman. While my visit, I was able to learn about his journey as a US soldier.

Now why am I blogging about a museum when this is a consulting blog? I truly appreciated the adoption of RFIDs to provide visitors (users) an individual experience. When you purchase your admission, the great staff provides you a card with an RFID. You’re assigned a soldier’s story and throughout the museum are kiosks to follow his/her story. I sincerely believe this is an awesome, awesome use of technology to educate ourselves not only in the context of nations but individual human beings. A way that technology is progressing not only technically but with human empathy.

Have you been to museums that take advantage of technology, providing unique experience to visitors? Would love to hear your story. Feel free to holler @ me through email by clicking here.

The Robots are Taking Over

Pixie taking a break at her home in Mardis Gras World. She is used to fulfill the company’s mass produce orders such as the cows in Chik Fil A’s national billboards.
A couple years ago, I met a person who was teaching grade schoolers how to think like a programmer. To me, that’s how we’re going to have to prep for the future. Any job you can think of can be replaced by AI and robots at some point. It’s just a matter of when and whether we are ready to accept it (most likely, when it becomes convenient for everyone).

More recently my wife and I went to New Orleans for our honeymoon, we checked out Mardis Gras World and took a tour. It was awesome to see the non-profit company staffed by plenty of artist who are drawing, sculpting, and painting the massive Mardis Gras floats. One of the highlights of the tour was the robot they recently acquired that can do amazing, detailed work.

Apparently there’s been more than enough concern about robots taking over the world that our tour guide had to clarify the company’s intention. The fear of replacing artist with robots is alleviated with the idea that robots are just another set of tools. It actually helps the resident artist free up time when they need their focus on preparing for mardis gras. In other words, why not automate when there is mass demand? An artist’s time is better spent being creative rather than doing repetitive work and who better to train for repetitive work than a robot. Kern Studio’s Mardis Gras World is a prime example of a company who is embracing the future and allocating resources efficiently. So efficient that I can leave you with the following lasting image:
Santa Clause and King Kong because why not?
 Thoughts? Feel free to comment below or holler at me.