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Teaching 'E-learning and Digital Cultures' Edcmooc" Is Google Making Us Stupid? - Nicholas Carr. Illustration by Guy Billout.

Is Google Making Us Stupid? - Nicholas Carr

TELtaster.pdf. H-: Wrestling with Transhumanism. Transhumanism for me is like a relationship with an obsessive and very neurotic lover.

H-: Wrestling with Transhumanism

Knowing it is deeply flawed, I have tried several times to break off my engagement, but each time it manages to creep in through the back door of my mind. In How We Became Posthuman,1 I identified an undergirding assumption that makes possible such predictions as Hans Moravec’s transhumanist fantasy that we will soon be able to upload our consciousness into computers and leave our bodies behind. Transhumanist Declaration. Humanity stands to be profoundly affected by science and technology in the future.

Transhumanist Declaration

We envision the possibility of broadening human potential by overcoming aging, cognitive shortcomings, involuntary suffering, and our confinement to planet Earth.We believe that humanity’s potential is still mostly unrealized. There are possible scenarios that lead to wonderful and exceedingly worthwhile enhanced human conditions.We recognize that humanity faces serious risks, especially from the misuse of new technologies. Transhumanist Values. 1.

Transhumanist Values

What is Transhumanism? Transhumanism is a loosely defined movement that has developed gradually over the past two decades.[1] It promotes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and evaluating the opportunities for enhancing the human condition and the human organism opened up by the advancement of technology. Attention is given to both present technologies, like genetic engineering and information technology, and anticipated future ones, such as molecular nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.The enhancement options being discussed include radical extension of human health-span, eradication of disease, elimination of unnecessary suffering, and augmentation of human intellectual, physical, and emotional capacities.

Other transhumanist themes include space colonization and the possibility of creating superintelligent machines, along with other potential developments that could profoundly alter the human condition. YouTube. TRUE SKIN. YouTube. Robbie - A Short Film By Neil Harvey. The Human Touch. In 1922 Thomas Edison proclaimed, “I believe the motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and that in a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks.”

The Human Touch

Thus began a long string of spectacularly wrong predictions regarding the capacity of various technologies to revolutionize education. What betrayed Edison and his successors was an uncritical faith in technology itself. This faith has become a sort of ideology increasingly dominating K-12 education. In the past two decades, school systems, with generous financial and moral support from foundations and all levels of government, have made massive investments in computer technology and in creating “wired” schools. The goal is twofold: to provide children with the computer skills necessary to flourish in a high-tech world and to give them access to tools and information that will enhance their learning in subjects like mathematics and history.

The Human Element. Douglas E.

The Human Element

Hersh’s close crop of auburn hair and neatly trimmed goatee are clearly visible in an expandable window on my desktop. So are his light tweed blazer and matching tie. On a table behind his desk sits a purple orchid, lending color to his office -- 2,600 miles away from mine. 0333765389.Pdf. TEDx Warwick. The inspiration for TEDx Warwick 09 is simple, just like TED.

TEDx Warwick

Why not empower students with ideas of the future in which they will live so that they can carry on the tradition by giving birth to new ideas about the future beyond theirs? This captures the essence of our event and we hope that you can see in it what we, and a strong following around the world see - that ideas drive the human race. TEDx Warwick 09 is an independently organised event, managed and produced by students at the University of Warwick and licensed under the TEDx programme. The event is the first of its kind in the UK. YouTube. YouTube. YouTube. YouTube. YouTube. Little Brother » Download for Free. YouTube.

The Crisis in Higher Education. A hundred years ago, higher education seemed on the verge of a technological revolution.

The Crisis in Higher Education

The spread of a powerful new communication network—the modern postal system—had made it possible for universities to distribute their lessons beyond the bounds of their campuses. Elite education for the masses. They included Patrycja Jablonska in Poland, Ephraim Baron in California, Mohammad Hijazi in Lebanon and many others far from Baltimore who ordinarily would not have a chance to study at the elite Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Elite education for the masses

They logged on to a Web site called Coursera and signed up. They paid nothing for it. These students, a sliver of the more than 1.7 million who have registered with Coursera since April, reflect a surge of interest this year in free online learning that could reshape higher education. The phenomenon puts big issues on the table: the growth of tuition, the role of a professor, the definition of a student, the value of a degree and even the mission of universities.

“Massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, have caught fire in academia. Openness, the double bind, and ecologies of yearning. » EdTech@VCCS. I’ve seen my share of conference keynotes, some tedious, some exhilarating, many forgettable.

Openness, the double bind, and ecologies of yearning. » EdTech@VCCS

But I have never seen a keynote quite like the one delivered by Gardner Campbell on the morning of the first day of the OpenEd Conference. The Ecologies of Yearning #opened12 (with image, tweets) · audreywatters. Ecology of ideas -- Bateson Bateson's Hierarchy of Learning Zero learning: "receipt of signal. " No error possible. YouTube. Essay critiques the ideas of Clay Shirky and others advocating higher ed disruption. Clay Shirky is a big thinker, and I read him because he’s consistently worth reading. » Napster, Udacity, and the Academy Clay Shirky. Fifteen years ago, a research group called The Fraunhofer Institute announced a new digital format for compressing movie files. This wasn’t a terribly momentous invention, but it did have one interesting side effect: Fraunhofer also had to figure out how to compress the soundtrack.

The result was the Motion Picture Experts Group Format 1, Audio Layer III, a format you know and love, though only by its acronym, MP3. The recording industry concluded this new audio format would be no threat, because quality mattered most. Who would listen to an MP3 when they could buy a better-sounding CD at the record store?

Then Napster launched, and quickly became the fastest-growing piece of software in history. Johnston. People use metaphors routinely to express their thoughts regarding the Internet’s nature and potential. In a study of editorials over a three month period, writers used metaphors of physical space, physical speed, salvation, and destruction to describe the Internet. We need to understand what these metaphors imply and how they impact the Internet’s future. ContentsIntroductionSignificance of computer and Internet metaphorsMetaphor analysisDiscussionConclusion Introduction Consider the following excerpt from a popular Web design book: This passage intended to help new Web designers understand how to structure information on a Web site.

YouTube. Sight. Productivity Future Vision. YouTube. Social Media Monitoring, Analytics and Alerts Dashboard. NEWMEDIA. YouTube. Technological Determinism. E-learning and Digital Cultures. YouTube. Noble.

In recent years changes in universities, especially in North America, show that we have entered a new era in higher education, one which is rapidly drawing the halls of academe into the age of automation. Automation — the distribution of digitized course material online, without the participation of professors who develop such material — is often justified as an inevitable part of the new “knowledge–based” society. It is assumed to improve learning and increase wider access. In practice, however, such automation is often coercive in nature — being forced upon professors as well as students — with commercial interests in mind. This paper argues that the trend towards automation of higher education as implemented in North American universities today is a battle between students and professors on one side, and university administrations and companies with “educational products” to sell on the other. Technology is the Answer: What was the Question? -: UNESCO Education.

Education is one of UNESCO’s principal fields of activities. Since its creation in 1945, the Organization has worked to improve education worldwide believing it to be key to social and economic development. The Organization aims to help build a sustainable world with just societies that value knowledge, promote peace, celebrate diversity and defend human rights, achieved by providing Education for All (EFA). Its close links with education ministries and other partners in 193 countries place UNESCO in a key position to press for action and change.

The Education Sector comprises some 400 staff members worldwide. Internet Research Tracings: Towards Non-Reductionist Methodology. YouTube. YouTube. Technological Determinism: Introduction.