Insights after the debate, on how to increase the productivity efficiency of America

Continuing, a third arena that comes to mind, although not directly addressed in the debate, but surely was implied, is how to increase the productivity efficiency of America.

Telecommuting surely is one of the ways; the previously mentioned (see "Insights after the debate, re education opportunities and challenges") input and output versatile systems (and eventually developing full-body-sensing computer input devices) thus created for educational systems online, could be adapted also for performing telecommuting activities via the internet from home, directing machines to do the required actions to build and test and repair products, as if the operator of the tools were actually on site in the factory.

This would have advantages of greatly reducing the fuel consumption to commute to the job each day, and also eliminate the commute time, improving overall work efficiency.

This would also enable work size scale conversions, such that a person could be observing what appears to be easily handled items being worked upon, when in reality the machines are actually manipulating microscopic devices; or visa versa, very large items, with the person operating the equipment from the comfort of home, not focused on it being tiny or huge, but of just easily handled size to the senses.

Related teleoperated systems have long been proposed, such as remotely operated battlefield casualty surgery done in robotic vehicles, the surgeon experts operating them via satellite link from the comfort and distraction-free locations over here in America. Many have already been put into practice, such as spacecraft and planetary explorer robotics; as well as remote flying of assault aircraft such as being used in the Predator in the Afghanistan war zone now.

Establishing widespread usage of teleoperated educational and work job performance mechanisms could potentially greatly improve our country's productivity in many fields. Imagine, sitting the comfort of your computer chair at home, eyes on a 3D view of computer screen (see the post on education ideas) while one teleoperates a machine trundling along orchards picking apples and cherries. And imagine the same workstation at home, later being used to carefully pour molten steel from hot ladles into molds of a variety of kinds to make parts of cars, wind turbine stators, and other machinery; then operating electric drills and lathes to finish out those cooled casted steel parts for making limited production runs of various items. Such systems could greatly expand human efficiency in our present-day world, very much needed especially here in America nowadays.

In summary, while we attempt to skirt the complacency of "business as usual" failed policies of the recent past years, by using these suggested ways, we will need to find a comfortable eyes-wide-open level of monitoring the results of our changes to the systems, intelligently and compassionately resolving the unexpected interaction issues as they are first spotted as we go along. Closed loop feedback principles need to be intensely applied when making significant changes.

Life could become lots more interesting as a result of all this, too, as people drift out of the "couch potato zonked in front of TV sports munching MSG-laced fast food mode," into far more enjoyable forms of living consciously and actively healthily.


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