27 février 2019

Article: Connectionism: A Summary of the Proceedings

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Article: Connectionism: A Summary of the Proceedings
Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, 2018/12/27
This paper summarizes the proceedings of the Connectionism conference held at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver on February 16 and 17, 1990. Participants included Geoffrey Hinton, David Rumelhart, Paul Churchland, George Lakoff. One of the commentators was Tim van Gelder, who I didn't know at the time would ten years later invite me to Australia on a three month fellowship to study the automation of critical thinking. Thanks are due to Jeff Pelletier, who put up some of the cash needed for us to attend the conference, and to Istvan Berkeley, who aided with some notes and diagrams (and who sent me this PDF to post here some 29 years later). Click here to view the paper. It's hard to believe it has only been 29 years since then.

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We Are Underinvesting in Human Capital

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. We Are Underinvesting in Human Capital
Michael Echols, Chief Learning Officer, 2018/12/27
One of the reasons why I could never be EdSurge's new business reporter is that I could never take the business-focused stance toward the 'education industry'. This article is a case in point. More...

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Social Epistemology as a New Paradigm for Journalism and Media Studies

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Social Epistemology as a New Paradigm for Journalism and Media Studies
Yigal Godler, Zvi Reich, Boaz Miller, New Media and Society, 2018/12/27

This is a nice heavy read befitting the holidays. Take a few minutes and enjoy a good intellectual meal. More...

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Online Higher Education in India Comes Full Circle

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Online Higher Education in India Comes Full Circle
Brian Warren, Michael B. Horn, EdSurge, 2018/12/26
The authors are critical of India's recent regulations for online learning. " By replicating a system that India’s citizens and employers already say doesn’t produce workforce-ready graduates, it’s not clear why this wave of online learning will work better than the last," they write. They suggest an alternative. More...

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The Yoda of Silicon Valley

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Yoda of Silicon Valley
Siobhan Roberts, New York Times, 2018/12/26
This article describes the history behind the multi-volume Bible of computer programming, The Art of Computer Programming, by Donald E. Knuth. More...

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The Epistemology of Consent

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Epistemology of Consent
Alexander A. Guerrero, Applied Epistemology, 2018/12/26
Educators deal with issues of consent on a daily basis, but it's rare in general to pause and think about the epistemology of consent, that is, how we know that consent has been obtained. Generally, I think, people would say they "just know". But this is a very bad standard. More...

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If universities sacrifice philosophy on the altar of profit, what’s next?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. If universities sacrifice philosophy on the altar of profit, what’s next?
Julian Baggini, The Guardian, 2018/12/26
The issue here isn't whether philosophy is valuable or even the slippery slope implied in the title, it's this: "The crude pursuit of what is 'practical', 'efficient' or 'useful' is threatening everything of value that isn’t evidently profitable." To be clear, by "profitable" we usually mean "profitable to some business owner" because skills that merely profit the student, but not industry, are still deemed to be of limited value. More...

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Helping Students and Teachers Embrace Engineering

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Helping Students and Teachers Embrace Engineering
Reid Whitaker, Getting Smart, 2018/12/26
When I took a year of Computing Science in 1980 it was still considered engineering and so I got a year's worth of engineering education (and one computing science course). More...

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Teach Yourself Logic: A Study Guide (and other Book Notes)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Teach Yourself Logic: A Study Guide (and other Book Notes)
Peter Smith, Logic Matters, 2018/12/26
Despite the summary in O'Reilly - "a wonderfully chatty book that functions as an introduction to logic for mathematicians and philosophers" - this text  (95 page PDF) doesn't actually teach you logic, it teaches you how to teach yourself logic. More...

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Great Video Requires Talent and Lots of Fast, Reliable Storage

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Great Video Requires Talent and Lots of Fast, Reliable Storage
Andy Marken, Content Insider, 2018/12/24
This article arrived in my email as an issue of the Content Insider newsletter. I thought it offered a really good behind-the-scenes look at some of the elements of video production, which detail I haven't seen before. More...

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