It's probably nice that a whole generation has become proficient with running a computer, albeit that for many it's game related. But, then, too, we have the game creators.
So, that whole thing shows how virtual worlds can (and will) be incorporated into our world for the benefit of the many, albeit that there are several negative energies that can come about, to boot.
So, a project announcing a recent delay brings up themes that have appeared here repeatedly over the last couple of years. Yes, out on a limb with the limb cracking.
You see, that whole thing of PDM has taken on a life of its own. CAE cannot take the place of the world except in localized (related to decisional spaces) areas and in well-understood domains. Composites are not that well known yet.
But, too, PDM covers CAD and all sorts of activities related to scheduling and control. Oh, yes, the computer as the driver. Well, again, these things are too immature (and the argument can be made that they will always be so, despite those who argue for strong AI) to lead the way.
We need people in the loop, yes, people as in breathing things of flesh.
Expect this discussion to continue.
05/27/2012 -- This post has been read lately, prompting an undated comment.
09/09/09 -- We'll need to look at UUUN, as a framework.
09/02/2009 -- Let's face it, folks, undecidability needs to be discussed and adopted in any complex situational setting, especially if computers are involved. Only hubris pushes us to make loud exclamations about what we're going to do in the future.
08/20/2009 -- Of course, there are financial counterparts of interest here.