The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail

The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail (The Atlantic)
Similar to e-commerce firms, online-degree programs are beginning to incorporate elements of an older-school, brick-and-mortar model.
Similar to e-commerce firms, online-degree programs are beginning to incorporate elements of an older-school, brick-and-mortar model. As online learning extends its reach it is starting to run into a major obstacle: There are undeniable advantages, as traditional colleges have long known, to learning in a shared physical space. Recognizing this, some online programs are gradually…
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The Complete Guide to Remembering What You Read

The Complete Guide to Remembering What You Read
What If You Forgot How To Forget?
Rhymes are easier to remember. Nowadays, facts are available at the click of a button. A vast knowledge of facts might make you fun to talk to, but... Being book-smart just for the sake of being book-smart is a vanity metric for your ego. Don’t learn solely for the sake of learning. Be a practitioner. Use the information…

Advising on screen time in Australia: Is the evidence up to the task?

Advising on screen time in Australia: Is the evidence up to the task? (Parenting for a Digital Future)
How do the Australian Department of Health and Ageing’s new screen time guidelines sit with the latest research about screen time? In this blog Jane Mavoa highlights the problems around a lac…
Screens’ have been part of children’s lives for well over half a century, and we have been asking questions about their effects for just as long. The types of problems mentioned in guidelines in Australia and elsewhere, are not new, with many often mentioned in ‘limitations’ sections of published research. Surely it is time to move on from acknowledging, then ignoring,…

Palantir Knows Everything About You

Palantir Knows Everything About You (Bloomberg.com)
Peter Thiel's data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens.
Palantir, a data-mining company created by Peter Thiel, is aiding government agencies by tracking American citizens using the War on Terror, Bloomberg reports. From the report: The company's engineers and products don't do any spying themselves; they're more like a spy's brain, collecting and analyzing information that's fed in from the hands, eyes, nose, and ears.…

Wired guide to Internet addiction

Everything You Need To Know About Your Smartphone Addiction (WIRED)
Everything you ever wanted to know about screen time, likes, and pull-to-refresh.
You don’t need to see the stats to know it’s hard to put down your device—the muscle memory of pull-to-refresh, the devil of the red notification on your shoulder, the rush that follows a flood of likes, the Instagram envy, the FOMO, scrolling endlessly by screenlight instead of falling asleep. _____ Except that actual experts…

Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World Themes

The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World (E-Net! Elon University News & Information)

A third of experts predict digital life will be mostly harmful to individuals in the next decade. Many are more hopeful, but the vast majority of experts agree measures should be taken to improve people’s ties to technology.

 

Themes About the Future of Well-Being and Digital Life​ More helped than harmed CONNECTION: Digital life links people to people, knowledge, education and entertainment anywhere globally at any time in a nearly frictionless manner. COMMERCE, GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY: Digital life revolutionizes civic, business, consumer and personal logistics, opening up a world of opportunity and options. CRUCIAL INTELLIGENCE: Digital…

Some context for where we are to resolve our sense of bewilderment

The 2018 Survey: Digital Life and Well-Being (elon.edu)
Barry Chudakov, founder and principal of Sertain Research and Streamfuzion Corp., commented, “The first thing that will enhance our well-being—this helps to resolve our sense of bewilderment—is to provide some context for where we are. We are at the beginning stages of blending and merging our identities and consciousness with digital tools and platforms. I…