In the week that The Guardian reports that the UK is investing in a programme for cyber-defence, The Atlantic carries an article which says that US intelligence services are attempting to analyse the use of metaphor in order to uncover underlying beliefs or orientations among different cultural groups. IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity) is […]
Transhumanism is the idea that technology should be used to fundamentally alter the natural physical, cognitive and psychological limitations of human beings and human Being. DVICE recently published a short list of technologies on the verge of being released that could contribute towards greater integration between the digital and natural worlds. 1. Social Media (extending […]
There’s an information page on OER at PBworks. I wasn’t sure about this, though: It could be argued that sharing implies an open model (sharing with all) and exchange a community based model which relies on mutual benefits within a specific community. The author (Lou McGill) stops short of saying that this is her own […]
The JISC open educational resources programme is the largest scale OER initiative in the UK. It’s so big – and involves so many organisations – that the overall aims of the project may not be entirely clear. Lorna Campbell’s post at CETIS attempts to address any misunderstandings about the project, but basically amounts a note […]
I’m taking place in a public debate this July about the value and future of Open Educational Resources (OER). I’ll be taking the ‘anti’ side against Martin Weller, even though we’re both effectively advocates of OER in our day jobs. So I was quite interested to find that Martin has taken part in similar debates […]
Why does Ramachandran continuously feel the need to reassure us that we can gain knowledge about art from neuroscience without losing anything? It seems to presuppose, at the very least, that the other option is a possibility, that looking for (and finding) elemental forces in the brain that govern aesthetic impulses could, in fact, transform […]
“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,” Hammerbacher says. “That sucks.” via This Tech Bubble Is Different – BusinessWeek.
I am unreasonably excited by the prospect of classic games being given upscaled and given a new lease of life. Check out the research paper for a breakdown of the complicated algorithms that make it happen. I got lost a few pages in, but I’m wondering whether the same approach could be used to refine […]
Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director of the CERN nuclear research laboratories, sets out his thoughts on the changing limits of human knowledge in this short article at The European.
I’m Rob Farrow and this is my blog. I’m a researcher at the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University. This blog is a place where I track and comment on news and research, discuss technologies and their use in education, and share philosophical musings. There’s not much here at the moment, but do […]