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Borges 2.0: From Text to Virtual Worlds - Perla Sassón-Henry. Italo Calvino's 14 Definitions of What Makes a Classic. In 1910, French Artist Predicted Utopia in 2000 with Robots and Flying Machines. We all had pretty high hopes for the world after the year 2000.

In 1910, French Artist Predicted Utopia in 2000 with Robots and Flying Machines

As a kid, I was sure that we’d have flying cars and self-drying jackets a la Back to the Future II. Recently BLDGBLOG took a look at a series of postcards created by French artist Villemard in 1910 called “Utopie” which provided a glimpse of the future … all the way to the year 2000. BLDBLOG, being an architecture blog, was most fascinated by the picture above in which an architect sits in a box and commands his robot workers to assemble a building by pushing knobs and dials. It’s actually not that crazy–a pair of Swiss architects are essentially trying to develop the same thing. Gramazio & Kohler built a 22m wall in lower Manhattan last year using a robot that assembles special bricks almost like Legos. When I first saw this picture, I laughed out loud. Teleconferencing looks so much cooler in alternate 2000 than it does now.

Oh no, the sky cops! "גדל, אשר, באך" - ספר בלופ - סוף שבוע. בקיץ 72' מאס דאגלס הופשטטר הצעיר בחייו הסטודנטיאליים.

"גדל, אשר, באך" - ספר בלופ - סוף שבוע

הוא ארז את כל מיטלטליו בקופסאות קרטון ויצא למסע חוצה יבשת מיוג'ין, אורגון, אל עבר החוף המזרחי של ארצות הברית. הוא נהג במכונית המרקיורי שלו ללא יעד מוגדר. "לאן פני היו מועדות - לא ידעתי", כתב לימים. "כל שידעתי הוא שאני מחפש אחר חיים חדשים". אבל זמן לא רב לאחר יציאתו לדרכים, רצה המקרה והתעוררה בו אהבת נעורים נשכחת. כ-13 שנה קודם לכן, בהיותו בן 14, התגלגל לידיו ספרון בן 100 עמודים בשם "משפט גדל". הופשטטר נפעם. התרשמותו העמוקה הובילה אותו לגילוי עניין בלוגיקה סימבולית, ומשם ללימודי תואר ראשון במתמטיקה באוניברסיטת סטנפורד.


A Case for Lifelong Kindergarten. Flickr:wwworks Could it be that the best way to learn happens in kindergarten?

A Case for Lifelong Kindergarten

It’s an intriguing proposition, one that’s being explored at M.I.T. by folks like Mitch Resnick, the creator of the famous computer programming site for beginners called Scratch. Resnick brought up the idea last week at the New York Times’ School for Tomorrow summit, and proclaimed that “schools should be on the edge of chaos,” a comment that lit up the Twitterverse. Resnick is one of three recipients, including Robert Beichner, a physics professor at North Carolina State University, and Julie Young, president of Florida Virtual School, of the McGraw Prize in Education.

The three of them worked on a paper that exemplifies how technology should work seamlessly with learning. Here’s Resnick’s excerpt from the paper, which in turn excerpts parts of A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change by Doug Thomas and John Seely Brown. By Mitch Resnick: Related. Databasing the world. Google Ngram Viewer. The Storyteller. Kevin Brooks performs at Out of the Blue Art Gallery in Cambridge.

The Storyteller

As the sun began to set on the longest day of the summer, Kevin Brooks, PhD ’99, surveyed the small crowd that had gathered in a tiny Cambridge art gallery to hear him tell stories. A seasoned performer, he needed no microphone as he launched into a tale about starting classes to become a water safety instructor two years ago, not long after he turned 50. Standing by MIT’s brightly lit Olympic-size pool, he’d been assailed by doubt.

“With my orange earplugs, I felt like an alien trying to remember the strokes,” he confessed. But he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his mother, who’d been a social worker, swimming teacher, and lifeguard at Philadelphia’s mid-city YWCA. Later, when he called his mother to tell her he’d been certified, she remarked vaguely, “Why, that’s nice, dear.” By day, Brooks works at Motorola. Agent Stories gave users the power to request variations on what is, essentially, the same narrative. Create. Place+Memory.