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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Different social networks

danah boyd tackles a much needed discussion – different types of social networks. Network language has been integrated into society. This is partly due to the experience many people have now had with linking, connected, and sharing information through social media. Simple network terms long tales, power laws, strong/weak ties, etc. are thrown around rather [...]

Science, publishing, and such

Discussion of science and publishing in the digital age is growing in popularity. A surprising uniformity of need (open, shareable data), collaboration, and systemic change (incentives, publishing process, etc) is found in various conversations. This theme is similar to what one that has been developing more broadly in education for the last (almost) decade. For [...]

A stroll through repositories of days gone by

As part of his course on open educational resources, Peter Tittenberger hosted a case study on Collaborative Learning Object Exchange (recording and slides). The contrast in thinking during the learning object repository days vs. thinking on social information creation and management (emerging technologies, social networks, tagging) is remarkable. While it’s obvious in hindsight, I was [...]

War between awareness and memory

Patrick Lambe suggests that we face a war between awareness and memory: “there is evidence that faster, easier, access to current awareness broadens our absorption of the present and thins out our access to the past. Simply put, too much of now means less and less memory”. I’m not very active on my Twitter account [...]

The internet of things

We can do far more with information communication technologies than we are comfortable with. Privacy and security are big roadblocks to utilizing new opportunities generated by technology. For example, Google (now mainly Bing) knows what I’ve searched in the past. And, with GPS/maps, knows where I’m currently located. Tying my search history to my location [...]

The Brain’s Interpreter

Michael Gazzaniga in a short 15 minute interview discusses neuroscience and the law, future directions in brain research (i.e. the future prospect that others will know – through imaging, I guess – what we have encountered even if we deny it), weaknesses in current understandings, finding answers in complex systems sciences, split brains, etc. The [...]

Digital Nomads

Space and physical presence are far less important for me than they were only five years ago. With fairly reliable internet access, I can teach online and stay caught up with most work tasks while traveling or attending conferences. I don’t need an office (though I would miss coffee conversations with colleagues). When undergoing change, [...]

Machines getting smarter

Society must periodically embrace outlandish fear in order to normalize and dissipate concern. Here’s how it happens: someone forecasts something of great concern, society then adopts the point of fear as part of its narrative (i.e. 1984), and we eventually become immune (acclimated) to the idea even as it is unfolding. I can recall hearing [...]

Complexity in Government

Periods of change present a duality that conspires to derail even the best organizations: Change draws many people to points of security – a move to conservatism, to what has worked during stable periods Responding well to change requires a reformulation of practices, as previous actions have partly contributed to the need for change In [...]

Transparency is the new objectivity

David Weinberger declares transparency to be the new objectivity: “Objectivity used be presented as a stopping point for belief: If the source is objective and well-informed, you have sufficient reason to believe…In the Age of Links, we still use credentials and rely on authorities. Those are indispensible ways of scaling knowledge, that is, letting us [...]