Celebrating the fail is the new win. This is the core value being embraced by 4chan members, alt-right supporters and Trump voters. More...
I spent an hour last night searching for a planet. I did not discover one. I did, however, look at lot of bad photographs of stars. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Four Reasons Why a Library Makerspace Makes Perfect Sense
Robert Schuetz, Nocking The Arrow, 2017/02/21
If a library isn't really useful for storing books any more (because who needs books when entire libraries can be stored on a single flash drive?) then what can we do with the space. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Bots: What you need to know
Jon Bruner, O'Reilly, 2017/02/21
This is a pretty good overview of the current bot ecosystem (which contains far more than bots) along with a good graphic drawing out the major contenders and relations between them. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. These are the science concepts you need to know to understand political life in 2017
Akshat Rathi, et.al., Quartz, 2017/02/20
These concepts don't all relate to education, and their importance most certainly isn't limited to political life, but it's a good list and educators should be aware of all of them. Here's the one-minute version:
- Scepticism - "a willingness to evenly assess the scientific evidence available."
- Iatrogenesis - illness “brought forth by the healer," like the opioid epidemic
- Social cost of carbon - the damage each ton of CO2 emission costs society
- Clean coal - expensive, but "captures the carbon dioxide and buries it"
- Gene drives - increase a gene's chance of being inherited
- CRISPR - being widely used to manipulate DNA with extraordinary precision
- NgAgo - new tech which might manipulate DNA with even greater precision
- Confrmation bias - the tendency to select information that supports our existing beliefs
- IPFS - makes copies of everything instead of relying on links
- PFOA - unregulated cancer agent turning up in drinking water
- Neonicotinoids - the pesticide that caused widespread bee colony collapse
- SETI - search for extra-terrestrial intelligence using powerful new tools
Now you's caught up. More...
The is a cogent and clear article (laced with some off-colour language because it's tech) on what tech people (programmers, developers, designers) should think about doing later in their careers. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Global Sentiment in L&D
Donald Taylor, 2017/02/20
Donald Taylor has released the results of his 'global sentiments' survey of around 800 people in learning and development from around the world. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Trust Score (Beta) for Ethereum
Nantium OÜ, Decentralize Today, 2017/02/20
I agree with Nantium OÜ that "decentralization will lead to a more fair society where monopolies lose their stranglehold over some of our key economic sectors (and possibly even government sectors)." I'm less convinced that trust is a key part of this, but I'm willing to listen. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Source: Getty Images Top Hat Raises $22.5 Million to Go After Pearson, McGraw-Hill
Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg, 2017/02/20
Bloomberg offers coverage to this Canadian company that has set up an online bookstore for textbooks. More...