Dragonfly Thinking is a book authored by Bruce Oberhardt intended to help you develop superior problem solving skills.

A Need for Problem Solvers

Problem: How do we fulfill the need for many more Good Software Developers?

Guess what, the solution is now being implemented, and our planet is now a step closer to solving many, many coding problems.

History was made this week, by Code.org. [If you do not know about Code.org, see www.code.org].  

On Monday, December 7, 2015, Code.org, Google, and Microsoft hosted a #HourOfCode kickoff pep rally at Nasdaq to underscore the tech industry’s commitment to an international movement that brings together more than 350 organizations, 191,000 educators and tens of millions of students in 180 countries this week with a common goal to encourage girls and boys to complete a one-hour online coding tutorial and to inspire them to keep learning computer science.  And, as of this week, more than 100 million K-12 students, worldwide, have participated in Code.org’s global “Hour of Code” campaign.

This massive education of young students in coding, using cartoon-like and video game-like tools, may have unanticipated consequences. For example, not only would the need for more coders be dealt with, but Code.org, starting with young people, may bring all of the people on our planet that much closer together. If you think that smart phones and the internet make the planet smaller, just wait until the next generation coders begin to interact with each other and create a new playing field. Hour of Code, this young people’s coding exercise, is likely to result in a massive upswing of coding capability worldwide, and may not only create more software developers but could hasten the development of artificial Intelligence (AI) and bring us closer to the next singularity, where artificial intelligence (or enhanced human intelligence) exceeds current human intelligence.

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A singularity is a change in the way we do things that will radically transform civilization. For example, when humans on this planet were hunters and gatherers, the shift to farming and growing enough food to feed everyone changed social structures, religions, and daily life. This singularity, known as the agricultural revolution, lasted 10 to 20 thousand years. Then came the industrial revolution.

The next singularity is projected to occur in the 21st century and to propel the advancement of civilization as did the agricultural revolution and the industrial revolution in ways that cannot be comprehended at this time. With children taking the lead, this singularity is likely to shape a new landscape, one that can not only defy prediction but may also have child-like consequences. The actualization of the “Internet of Things” is only one small consequence.

There are likely to be many other consequences. But hopefully, the planet will be a better place, and civilization will be enabled to go on some real Star Treks in the not too distant future.

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