The article, although off topic, sparked an excellent experience in interactive connunications, requiring people to build to a specification using a phone and the use of Legos. I performed a similar exercise in two executive classes. We needed to describe how to build a small set of lego instructions by describing each step only. Showings the instruction picture was not an option. It was a test in how people are able to best describe and follow instructions, an exercise in communications for both sides. In these exercises, they were both native English speakers, and almost all adhoc teams were not able to complete the objects as the final project specified.
This communications tool can be used as an icebreaker, with established teams to see how well they work together as well as adhoc teams. Of course, the exercise has condensed time requirements, and may be performed in either same or mixed language teams.
In today’s world of 3D model printing specifics, the human interactions seem to be less important. We are removing the human factor of communications which may result in the diminished ability for cross culture interactions and problem solving resolutions, sociologically speaking. Ultimately, this will break down our ability to interact, and we as a species, may become more xenophobic. Drastic, maybe. Is may be an opportunity for governmentk leaders, and world peace. Maybe at the next United Nations summit? 🙂
This may also be an opportunity for AI learning language engines for inductive predictive communications and a project to enhanceme Google Glass language translation as per previous posts