A biosocial view on 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…

Who should hold the keys to our data?

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…

Knowledge units

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…

New Technologies for Human Rights Law and Practice

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…

Could This Futuristic Vest Give Us a Sixth Sense?

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…