Have you found yourself needing to explain to someone how to do something and you are worried that the person you are 'teaching' may damage the object? Sometimes we let our children cook for us, but we end up calling the Pizza Express Service not to starve to death.
When the object is something that costs billions, it may be a good idea to use a simulating system. Airplane pilots use flight simulators for ages (thank God).
Between Airbus A380 and some French Fries there are plenty of things that can be simulated while training pleople to use and/or repair.
We have started working on Truks, simulating the process of diagnosis. No need to have a real truck in the class where mechanics learn; no need to force an error or a break-down; no need to have one person operating and the others just watching. With a training simulator it is possible to reproduce the system truck-garage and allow mechanics to try and try. They can even blow the truck, if they think this is the way, because there is always an "undo" button.
And we would like to simulate many more things. For real.
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