Financial Planning for Retirement

Period of Performance: 05/01/1990 - 10/31/1990


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Cyber Analytics, Inc.
Portland, OR 97219
Principal Investigator


One reason people postpone their financial planning for retirement is the intimidating alien nature of many of the financial activities and concepts involved. A technique for alleviating this distress, imparting the requisite knowledge, and motivating the necessary action, is to use a series of "microworlds" (Seymour Papert, "Mindstorms", 1980). The first microworld, chosen by the subject, should draw him into a computerized experience of a familiar and beloved domain of knowledge, e.g. gardening or vacation planning. The next microworld would be that of the target knowledge domain, in this case, financial retirement planning. The plan is that the preexisting charm of the subject's own chosen real world activity will transfer to the chosen microworld, and then to the target microworld. The goal of this research is to develop computerized microworlds that will draw people into constructive activity in such a way that the motivation, energy and knowledge gained will be transferred back to the real world of financial retirement planning. To be cost effective, a software development environment for the productive of all these microworlds must be created. A further aim is the extension of this software development environment to the production of microworld based educational products.