Future - Technology - Will men and machines merge? Will we one day be able to access all of human knowledge directly from a chip implanted into our brains? American author, inventor, and futurist Ray Kurzweil believes it will be possible. He argues that the exponential rise in computing power we see today will continue to a point where in 2029, machines will be as smart as people. At that point, he says, people will inevitably begin to use technology in new ways, implanting powerful devices that augment our abilities. Kurzweil calls this point in time “the singularity”. At the recent Singularity Summit in San Francisco, he told BBC Future how this momentous change will come about and what it will mean for us and society. HTML Tables Viewpoint: Computer code frees us to think in new ways 26 December 2012 Last updated at 09:28 GMT By Tom Armitage Technologist Writing computer code can be thought of as an artistic pursuit At the start of 2012, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York tweeted: "My New Year's resolution is to learn to code with Codecademy." And throughout the year, "learning to code" seems to have been a hot topic in the media. Around the same time as Bloomberg's tweet, in the UK the Education Secretary Michael Gove was announcing plans to replace the schools ICT curriculum with a "computer science" programme. Existing ICT courses often focus on "digital literacy" - teaching particular software packages such as popular spreadsheets and word processors. The changes are an attempt to reach a more balancing sense of literacy - not just being able to "read" technology, by using it - but also to "write" with it. And in computing, writing with it means exploring the world of programming: creating with computers. Sculpting code Fluency goes beyond reading and writing.
It's not what a library stocks, it's what it shares | Books | The Observer The city of San Antonio, Texas, recently announced that the first fully digital public library in the US will open in Bexar County later this year: a library that won't contain a single book. The facility, part of a planned state-wide bookless system called BiblioTech, is modelled on an Apple store rather than a traditional library, but it will retain all the important features: more than 100 e-readers available to borrow, with more than 10,000 ebooks – and visitors can bring their own devices, too. Ebooks and libraries don't always mix well. There are obvious problems with applying the traditional library model to ebooks; but there are also very good reasons for retaining libraries. But there is no equivalent of public space online, which is too susceptible to corporate and technocratic control, and so the physical institution remains essential.
5 Things Every Beginner Should Know About Graphic Design It’s not as hard as it looks – really. That’s the first thing that wannabe graphic designers need to know, whether you’re thinking about pursuing graphic design as a career or just want to have a cool and fun creative hobby. Which isn’t to say that you should just jump right in and start trying to design without really understanding what you’re doing. Here are five things every aspiring graphic designer should know: What graphic designers do Seems pretty obvious, right? What the principles of design are There are eight principles of design, and most of us have a built-in understanding of them, at least on a basic level. What the elements of design are You use these eight elements to convey the principles described above. Which software is best to use. Gone are the days of canvas and paint – in this day and age, it’s a given that you’re going to be using computer software in your graphic design. How this whole graphic design thing works Tags: creativity , Designer , graphic designer
free photos Welcome to the morguefile classroom. Do you want to learn the basics of photography or improve certain camera skills? Do you wish to contribute to a growing knowledge base for photo enthusiast. With the morguefile photography classroom you can begin to take better photos of any subject and get more enjoyment from your photography. Jodie Coston 10 lessons to learning photography. These lessons were originally published in 2004. Lesson 1: Composition And Impact - It's A Beautiful Photograph, But Do You Know WHY It's Beautiful? Here are additional lessons from morguefile contributors.
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Digital do-gooders: Why do we help strangers online? 25 September 2013Last updated at 20:23 ET All around the world, more and more people are donating their time to take part in online volunteering projects. What motivates them to help strangers without expectation of money or even thanks? Radha Taralekar helped teach Imelda how to protect herself from HIV, though the two have never met, and neither knows the other's name. From her home in Mumbai, the young doctor took several weeks to co-write a guide especially for Imelda - who lost her children to HIV/Aids - and her friends at the Kitega Community Centre in Uganda. She received no payment for the job, which was advertised on a United Nations website aiming to connect office-based volunteers with those in need of help. To the traditional volunteer it may sound a world away from serving food to the homeless or sorting clothes in a local charity shop. HIV awareness poster in Uganda: Online volunteers give more tailored help For others the inspiration to volunteer online was far more personal.
Using Minecraft as an Educational Tool Joel: Minecraft is a video game that has a lot to offer. At its core, it's very open-ended. If you want to have an adventure, you can have an adventure. If you want to build something, you can build something. Lauren: So look here, Minecraft EDU launcher and that should be it. Boy: Oh. Boy: Imagine how long this took Brandon to make. Boy: I know. Joel: You know, my school as well as many others have been struggling with the issue of how to teach digital citizenship, which is internet ethics, online safety, privacy, research. Teacher: Go ahead and let's start off by getting in, following the instructions that are up onto the board. Anthony: Pixel Pushers as a student project here at the ETC is working with Minecraft EDU to develop a series of software features for their software. Joel: The kids have to think it's fun, otherwise what's the point? Make sure you're using the right material. Anthony: In our research, we started out asking, "What can Minecraft teach?"