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Edge 313 - Time to Start Taking the Internet Seriously by David Gelernter
"The Internet is no topic like cellphones or videogame platforms or artificial intelligence; it's a topic like education. It's that big. Therefore beware: to become a teacher, master some topic you can teach; don't go to Education School and master nothing. To work on the Internet, master some part of the Internet: engineering, software, computer science, communication theory; economics or business; literature or design. Don't go to Internet School and master nothing. There are brilliant, admirable people at Internet institutes. But if these institutes have the same effect on the Internet that education schools have had on education, they will be a disaster."
education  future  internet  information  cloud-computing  culture  digital  society  content  edge  trends  davidgelernter  teaching  learning  lcproject  tcsnmy  schools  schooling  change  gamechanging  unschooling  deschooling  reform 
march 2010 by robertogreco
The World Question Center: The Edge Annual Question — 2010: How is the internet changing the way you think?: Linda Stone: Navigating Physical and Virtual Lives
"How has the Internet changed my thinking? The more I've loved and known it, the clearer the contrast, the more intense the tension between a physical life and a virtual life. The Internet stole my body, now a lifeless form hunched in front of a glowing screen. My senses dulled as my greedy mind became one with the global brain we call the Internet.
lindastone  internet  web  edge  2010  online  physical  virtual  thinking  intention  attention  offline 
january 2010 by robertogreco
The World Question Center: The Edge Annual Question — 2010: How is the internet changing the way you think?: Tim O'Reilly: Pattern Recognition
"It used to be the case that there was a canon, a body of knowledge shared by all educated men and women. Now, we need the skills of a scout, the ability to learn, to follow a trail, to make sense out of faint clues, and to recognize the way forward through confused thickets. We need a sense of direction that carries us onward through the wood despite our twists and turns. We need "soft eyes" that take in everything we see, not just what we are looking for.

The information river rushes by. Usenet, email, the world wide web, RSS, twitter: each generation carrying us faster than the one before.

But patterns remain. You can map a river as well as you can map a mountain or a wood. You just need to remember that the sandbars may have moved the next time you come by."
timoreilly  flow  feeds  streams  information  knowledge  21stcenturyskills  canon  learning  adaptability  tcsnmy  edge  2010 
january 2010 by robertogreco
The World Question Center: The Edge Annual Question — 2010: How is the internet changing the way you think?: Jaron Lanier: The flaws of the latest pop version of the internet have made me more of a biological realist, and in particular have made me...
...more sensitive to neoteny" "The Internet, in its current fashionable role as an aggregator of people through social networking software, only values humans in real time and in a specific physical place, that is usually away from their children. The human expressions that used to occupy the golden pyramidion of Maslow's pyramid, are treated as worthless in themselves."
neoteny  jaronlanier  internet  edge  2010  web  online  socialnetworking  popinternet 
january 2010 by robertogreco
The World Question Center: The Edge Annual Question — 2010: How is the internet changing the way you think?: Alison Gopnik: The Strangers in the Crib
"Attention and learning work very differently in young brains. Young animals have much more wide-spread cholinergic transmitters than adults and their ability to learn doesn't depend on planned, deliberate attention. Young brains are designed to learn from everything new, or surprising or information-rich, even when it isn't particularly relevant or useful.
edge  2010  internet  attention  learning  children  generations  connections  tcsnmy  reading  experience  information  relevance 
january 2010 by robertogreco
The World Question Center: The Edge Annual Question — 2010: How is the internet changing the way you think?: Clay Shirky: The Shock of Inclusion
"members of Invisible College shared work, describing & disputing methods & conclusions so that they all might benefit from both successes & failures, & build on each other's work...Just as IC didn't just use printing press as raw capability, but created culture that used press to support transparency & argumentation science relies on, we have same opportunity...Internet's primary effect on how we think will only reveal itself when it affects the cultural milieu of thought, not just behavior of individual users...We are...setting earliest patterns for this medium. Our fate won't matter much, but the norms we set will...Internet could easily become Invisible High School, with a modicum of educational material in ocean of narcissism & social obsessions...could [also become] Invisible College, communicative backbone of real intellectual & civic change...will require more than technology...norms of open sharing & participation, fit to world where publishing has become the new literacy."
clayshirky  edge  2010  education  publishing  socialmedia  internet  invisiblecollege  science  sharing  open  culture  society  opportunity 
january 2010 by robertogreco
The World Question Center: The Edge Annual Question — 2010: How is the internet changing the way you think?: Sherry Turkle: The Internet Disconnect
"In democracy, perhaps we all need to begin with the assumption that everyone has something to hide, a zone of private action & reflection, a zone that needs to be protected. Life with an electronic shadow provokes anxieties that lead today's teenagers to look toward a past they never knew. This nostalgia of the young looks forward because it may remind us of things that are worth protecting...teens talk longingly about the "full attention" that is implicit when someone sends you a letter or meets with you in a f2f meeting. And poignantly, they talk about seeking out a pay phone when they really want to have a private conversation. The Internet teaches us to rethink nostalgia & give it a good name. I learned to be a citizen at the Brooklyn mailboxes. To me, opening up a conversation about rethinking the Net, privacy, & civil society is not backward-looking nostalgia or Luddite in the least. It seems like part of a healthy process of democracy defining its sacred spaces."
surveillance  nostalgia  edge  2010  privacy  internet  memory  forgetting  facebook  sherryturkle  democracy  dissent  society 
january 2010 by robertogreco
The World Question Center: The Edge Annual Question — 2010: How is the internet changing the way you think?: Paul Saffo: A Third Knowledge
"The Internet has changed our thinking, but if it is to be a change for the better, we must add a third kind of knowledge to Johnson's list — the knowledge of what matters. Two centuries ago the explosion of print demanded a new discipline of knowing where to find knowledge. When looking up was hard, one's searches inevitably tended towards seeking only what really mattered. Now that finding is easy, the temptation to chase down info-fluff is as seductive as a 17th century Londoner happily wallowing in books with no purpose. Without a discipline of knowing what matters, we will merely amuse ourselves to death."
paulsaffo  2010  edge  internet  importance  information  attention  infooverload 
january 2010 by robertogreco
The World Question Center: The Edge Annual Question — 2010: How is the internet changing the way you think?: Kevin Kelly: An Intermedia with 2 Billion Screens Peering Into It
"I now no longer to try remember facts, or even where I found the facts. I have learned to summon them on the Internet." ... "my knowledge is now more fragile" ... "My certainty about anything has decreased." ... "This wak­ing dream we call the Inter­net also blurs the dif­fer­ence between my seri­ous thoughts and my play­ful thoughts, or to put it more sim­ply: I no longer can tell when I am work­ing and when I am play­ing online. For some peo­ple the dis­in­te­gra­tion between these two realms marks all that is wrong with the Inter­net: It is the high-priced waster of time. It breeds tri­fles. On the con­trary, I cher­ish a good wast­ing of time as a nec­es­sary pre­con­di­tion for cre­ativ­ity, but more impor­tantly I believe the con­fla­tion of play and work, of think­ing hard and think­ing play­fully, is one the great­est things the Inter­net has done."

[see also: http://snarkmarket.com/2010/4778 AND http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2010/01/the_2-billion-e.php ]
kevinkelly  edge  2010  play  creativity  work  attention  sociology  thinking  internet  web  social  culture  study  cv  howwework  memory  tools  knowledge  fragility  certainty 
january 2010 by robertogreco
The World Question Center: The Edge Annual Question — 2010: How is the internet changing the way you think?: Stewart Brand: The Guild [see also: http://snarkmarket.com/2010/4778]
"I couldn't function without them, & I suspect the same is true for nearly all effective people. By "them" I mean my closest intellectual collaborators. They are the major players in my social extended mind. How I think is shaped to a large degree by how they think. Our association is looser than a team but closer than a cohort, & it's not a club or a workgroup or an elite. I'll call it a guild. Everyone in my guild runs their own operation, & none of us report to each other. All we do is keep close track of what each other is thinking & doing. Often we collaborate directly, but most of the time we don't. Everyone in my guild has their own guild-largely different from mine...One's guild is a conversation extending over years & decades. I hearken to my gang because we have overlapping interests, & they keep surprising me. Familiar as I am with them, I can't finish their sentences. Their constant creativity feeds my creativity, & I try to do the same for them."
stewartbrand  2010  guilds  collaboration  creativity  internet  edge  thinking  web  networks  cv  intellectualpursuit  tcsnmy  identity 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Edge: Economics is not Natural Science: Douglas Rushkoff
"We must stop perpetuating the fiction that existence itself is dictated by the immutable laws of economics. These so-called laws are, in actuality, the economic mechanisms of 13th Century monarchs. Some of us analyzing digital culture and its impact on business must reveal economics as the artificial construction it really is. Although it may be subjected to the scientific method and mathematical scrutiny, it is not a natural science; it is game theory, with a set of underlying assumptions that have little to do with anything resembling genetics, neurology, evolution, or natural systems."
economics  douglasrushkoff  science  crowdsourcing  change  reform  markets  local  debt  gametheory  stevenjohnson  sustainability  human  physics  power  networks  history  edge  renaissance  middleages  medieval  systems  crisis  theory 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Systemic Flaws In the Reported World View - Chris Anderson
"In fact, most meta-level reporting of trends show a world that is getting better. We live longer, in cleaner environments, are healthier, and have access to goods and experiences that kings of old could never have dreamed of. If that doesn't make us happier, we really have no one to blame except ourselves. Oh, and the media lackeys who continue to feed us the litany of woes that we subconsciously crave."
chrisanderson  optimism  politics  history  analysis  future  culture  news  stateoftheworld  violence  philosophy  ideas  progress  edge  media  world  pessimism 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Haim Harari - At Last: Technology Will Change Education - Edge World Question Center 2009
"How come the richest person on the globe is not someone who had a brilliant idea about using technology for bringing education to the billions of school children of the world? I do not know the complete answer to this question. A possible guess is that in other fields you can have "quickies" but not in education. The time scale of education is decades, not quarters. Another possible guess is that, in education, you must mix the energy and creativity of the young with the wisdom and experience of the older, while in other areas, the young can do it fast and without the baggage of the earlier generations." ... "So, my game-changing hope and prediction is that, finally, something significant will change on this front. The time is ripe. A few novel ideas, aided by technologies that did not exist until recently, and based on humanistic values, on compassion and on true desire to extend help to the uneducated majority of the earth population, can do the trick."
education  technology  future  change  2009  edge  gamechanging  predictions  edtech  world  lcproject  tcsnmy 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Edge: THE FOURTH QUADRANT: A MAP OF THE LIMITS OF STATISTICS By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
"Statistical and applied probabilistic knowledge is the core of knowledge; statistics is what tells you if something is true, false, or merely anecdotal; it is the "logic of science"; it is the instrument of risk-taking; it is the applied tools of epistemology; you can't be a modern intellectual and not think probabilistically—but... let's not be suckers. The problem is much more complicated than it seems to the casual, mechanistic user who picked it up in graduate school. Statistics can fool you. In fact it is fooling your government right now. It can even bankrupt the system (let's face it: use of probabilistic methods for the estimation of risks did just blow up the banking system)."
nassimtaleb  blackswans  decisionmaking  statistics  math  logic  policy  economics  finance  risk  2008  history  future  probability  edge  research  crisis  banking  knowledge  science 
september 2008 by robertogreco
Edge: SOCIAL NETWORKS ARE LIKE THE EYE: A Talk with Nicholas A. Christakis
"As complex as any dynamic system, datasphere is capable of feedback & iteration; has reached level of turbulence where seemingly forgotten patterns resurface w/ alarming regularity- even with no particular prodding or conscious invitation by human beings
connectivity  edge  future  networks  socialnetworks  contagion  obesity  social  society  trends  ideas  nicholaschristakis  sociology  medicine  health 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Kevin Kelly -- The Technium: Believing the Impossible
"The Wikipedia has changed my mind, a fairly steady individualist, and lead me toward this new social sphere. I am now much more interested in both the new power of the collective, and the new obligations stemming from individuals toward the collective."
wikipedia  change  kevinkelly  opinion  edge  society  collective  gamechanging  socialsoftware  creation  ethics  evolution  technium  collectiveintelligence  knowledge  learning  social  trends  freedom 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Did Someone Say Participate?
"The future spatial practitioner could arguably be understood as an outsider who, instead of trying to set up or sustain common denominators of consensus, enters existing situations or projects by deliberately instigating conflicts between often-delineate
participation  knowledge  books  space  spatial  maps  mapping  interdisciplinary  generalists  edge  gaps  culture  inquiry  participatory  architecture  future 
may 2007 by robertogreco

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