Openings ... Global Jobs Scholarships week ending 18 February 2018
First it was levels changing, then goals and now openings. If you do not yet see the flow let us hear the wise words from Earl the Plumber. Earl was responding to push back from Dr Henry McCord after identifying the cause of water ingress in Secretary Elizabeth McCords basement (Madam Secretary S4E12), “The point here isn’t to be right. The point here is to learn from your mistakes”. Gee thank you Earl, this is a terrific opportunity for growth. He went on, “It is easy to forget about the foundations. You live in the bright shiny spaces where everything works but you let yourselves forget about structural integrity. The sanctity of the pipes. Everything inside the walls that makes it all work. Houses are built from the ground up. Remember that”. Is your career being built from the ground up? While high flying in the shiny spaces do you remember the unsung team members who help make it work? During the week I had reason to practice what I preach(ed) by linking my career choices from start to date. Naturally this week I am going with openings!
The Olympics like any great event begins with a grand opening. With a great stage comes great expectations and it is unsurprising that the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic games in Pyongchang provided pageantry on a global scale. If you watched the curtain raiser at home, you would not fail to miss the record setting 1,218 Intel drones in mechanical murmuration. Please feel free to look up the word ‘murmuration’. I did too! The drone show was a curious example of technology meeting art with Olympic-themed animations, like a gyrating snowboarder (image shown) and the iconic interlocking rings. As a Software PM (now you see my angle), I am pleased to note that the formation flying was made possible by careful software programming and the four billion colour combinations enabled by on-board LEDs.
Intel’s Shooting Star platform is orchestrated by a cross functional team. This team is responsible for the implementation of what has been dubbed the Intel drone Army. First, animators used a photo of a real snowboarder in action to get the perfect outline and shape for 3D viewing in the sky. System architects organise the actual placement of each drone to operate individually and communicate with a central computer. Being battery operated the drones can only remain in flight for so long. Furthermore, in the winter cold where temperatures drop to 11°F, compensation had to be made for the Lithium ion batteries which can be expected to have different charge and discharge profiles. Also propulsion experts considered how much lift and thrust each drone could get with their spinning multi-rotors and if there was a need to counter excessive winds. In summary just like any project, bringing this light show spectacular to life on the Olympic stage required a broad range of cross functional skillsets and Olympian team work.
According to Intel®, the formation flying technology underpinning the light show at the Olympics and before that the Super bowl is just a precursor to revolutionising search and rescue, agriculture and much more. Besides the technology, Korea watchers are hoping the Winter Olympics detente between North and South Korea will lead to more stability on the peninsula. Sometimes one opening can lead to another. Hope your 2018 is off to a grand opening, have a great week and knock the ball out of the park.
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