We need a conversation about genetics, neuroscience and precision education.
Really interesting piece looking at genetics, neuroscience, and "precision education." Precision education is defined as a tailored system of pedagogy informed by a learner's genetic, brain-based, psychological, or environmental makeup. This also raises questions about gathering learner data and the risk/reward of continuing to continuing to collect and analyze data about humans until it gets … Continue reading A biosocial view on precision education
The Observer’s Facebook revelations reignited debates about ownership of our details. But while we seek privacy in parts of our digital life, open data elsewhere could be a force for good
An interesting look at the reinvigorated debate around ownership of our data and digital identity. Some powerful quotes: Politicians, entrepreneurs, academics, even bureaucrats spend an awful lot of time these days lecturing each other about data. There is big data, personal data, open data, aggregate data and anonymised data. Each variety has issues: where does … Continue reading Who should hold the keys to our data?
We just wrote about how silly it is to argue that companies you pay for their services or software somehow treat you better or are more "aligned" with user interests than those who give you products and services for free. When you dig in on...
We just wrote about how silly it is to argue that companies you pay for their services or software somehow treat you better or are more "aligned" with user interests than those who give you products and services for free. When you dig in on the subject, such claims don't make any sense. In both cases, companies … Continue reading Stop Saying ‘If You’re Not Paying, You’re The Product’
The invaluable online resource Quote Investigator traces it all the way back to 1973, and an unlikely source: a short film by the artists Carlota Fay Schoolman and Richard Serra called “Television Delivers People.” Classic short film, a critique of the corporate mass media with elevator music as the soundtrack.
Moving through the meta: Tracing informal learning and literacies through re(mixing) social media analytics
I emailed Hannah with some specific questions. You can read these below. Under this you can find some random thoughts as I viewed. But, you should watch the video and let me know what you think. _____ So, some questions...and this might be easier to do in a video chat if needed. Most of these are … Continue reading Moving through the meta: Tracing informal learning and literacies through re(mixing) social media analytics
There are two models of online education: • Preparatory knowledge, in the form of course-based video-delivered teachings: Coursera, Udacity, Thinkful, etc. • On demand knowledge: Wikipedia,...
There are two models of online education: Preparatory knowledge, in the form of course-based video-delivered teachings: Coursera, Udacity, Thinkful, etc. On demand knowledge: Wikipedia, StackOverflow, Genius, etc. Of the two, the latter has been much more widely spread and far more influential. There is, of course, something fundamentally missing when we only have on … Continue reading Knowledge units
Three reasons why narrative memos replaced PowerPoint at Amazon.
1. Our brains are hardwired for narrative. 2. Stories are persuasive. 3. Bullet points are the least effective way of sharing ideas.
Cambridge Core - Human Rights - New Technologies for Human Rights Law and Practice - edited by Molly K. Land
New technological innovations offer significant opportunities to promote and protect human rights. At the same time, they also pose undeniable risks. In some areas, they may even be changing what we mean by human rights. The fact that new technologies are often privately controlled raises further questions about accountability and transparency and the role of … Continue reading New Technologies for Human Rights Law and Practice
How we can teach computers to make sense of our emotions
How can we make AI that people actually want to interact with? Raphael Arar suggests we start by making art. He shares interactive projects that help AI explore complex ideas like nostalgia, intuition and conversation -- all working towards the goal of making our future technology just as much human as it is artificial.
For starters, the new technology—appearing on 'Westworld' before hitting the market—could help the deaf parse speech and ambient noise
The neuroscientist believes that the versatility and plasticity of the brain make it fundamentally receptive to forming new pathways of sensory input. “The brain gets this information from the world, but the brain doesn’t actually have any way of knowing: were these photons, were these sound compression aids, was this pressure?” Eagleman says. As he … Continue reading Could This Futuristic Vest Give Us a Sixth Sense?