A biosocial view on precision education

A biosocial view on precision education
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

Who should hold the keys to our data?

Who should hold the keys to our data? | Nigel Shadbolt and Roger Hampson (the Guardian)
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?

Stop Saying ‘If You’re Not Paying, You’re The Product’

Stop Saying 'If You're Not Paying, You're The Product' (Techdirt.)
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’

Knowledge units

Knowledge units (Sam Gerstenzang)
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

New Technologies for Human Rights Law and Practice

New Technologies for Human Rights Law and Practice edited by Molly K. Land (Cambridge Core)
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 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.

Could This Futuristic Vest Give Us a Sixth Sense?

Could This Futuristic Vest Give Us a Sixth Sense? (Smithsonian)
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?