Mixing Talent Management with Immersive Learning

by Mike Mathews

In 1986 I was part of a team of ten engineers installing a Cray Research Supercomputer (Cray X-MP 48) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. Below is a picture of myself at NCAR and the archived November, 1986 NCAR Newsletter describing the team and installation of the 5.5-ton supercomputer.  NCAR, who was supported by the National Science Foundation and over a 100 research universities was leveraging the supercomputer to advance the study and modeling of global weather and ocean effects. The specific usage of the supercomputer by atmospheric scientists and oceanographers can be viewed here. The supercomputer applications were major breakthroughs in the late 1980s, yet far from wide-scale quantum computing.  The 5.5-ton CRAY X-MP supercomputer was a sight-to-see, and hundreds of University Presidents flew-in to tour the facility and watch intensely as our team installed the system. Little would any engineer or scientist imagine that the power of that 5.5-ton super computer would be mysteriously replaced by a hand held smart phone.


During this same period of time, a vibrant and energetic scientist from Los Alamos National Laboratory named Bob, (Bo) Ewald was in his second year of being the senior leader at Cray Research, Supercomputer Company. He was one of many who believed that the world was in a phenomenal time of transformation through the development of supercomputing. In many ways he was correct, yet the greatest breakthroughs would not come until years later. Nevertheless, Bo never gave up on the power and mystique of quantum computing. Fast-forward to 2017…

In late 2016, and January 2017, major computing announcements caused many people across various industries to stand in astonishment of what they were reading. Many people, including myself were wondering if these announcements were fact or fiction; as they would be considered mysterious just a few years earlier. A breakthrough announcement by D-Wave System’s open source quantum computing environment; alongside a partnership between Cray Research, and Microsoft’s Cognitive Toolkit caught the world by surprise.  And yes, you guessed it, Bo Ewald is the U.S. President of D-Wave Systems, while I have moved on to Oral Roberts University, who is leading Augmented and Virtual Reality utilization in the area of research, education, and immersive learning experiences unheard of a few years before.

Is there something mysterious happening, or are we seeing quantum entanglement within the digital age – on a global scale? Albert Einstein once referred to quantum entanglement between like entities that are at a distance as ‘spooky or mysterious action at a distance’.  What Einstein was describing was the unknown behavior of things that are similar, yet at a distance — somehow mysteriously entangling with each other to manifest a quantum behavior.  The new announcements were made by computer companies that are somewhat similar, but have always been a distance apart in their mission and customer base. Despite the distance in purpose and audiences of the past, these companies have announced purposeful entanglements for the betterment of a global world that desires to speed up iterations of research, invention, and innovation. D-Wave Systems purposefully entangles open source with quantum computing, and Cray Research purposefully entangles with Microsoft’s Cognitive Tool-Kit by running it on their high-end performance systems. The distance that these theories and companies have been apart are now mixed or entangled together — someone’s peanut butter has entangled with someone’s chocolate!

This same concept is happening at TalentQuest who has excelled at perfecting Talent Management and Development Systems. They have created the combined power of mixed reality, 3D solutions, multimedia to produce immersive learning solutions.  Imagine the capability of assessing, identifying, and developing skills and talents with the combined science of talent management with the art of creating hundreds of thousands of immersive learning experiences.

On one-hand, it is a mystery that the 5.5-ton Cray X-MP supercomputer is now accessible in thin-air through wireless supercomputer access cycles. On the other-hand, this is less of a mystery when you consider the combination of talent management and full immersive learning experiences. Below is a NBC news piece that shows the practical nature of this quantum entanglement that is transforming teaching and learning from a global perspective.

Imagine the impact that advanced talent management systems with immersive learning experiences can have on corporate training.



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