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This Exquisite Forest

This Exquisite Forest | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
An interactive digital woodland at London's Tate Modern (Chris Milk and @aaronkoblin's interactive digital woodland at @Tate Modern http://t.co/d9iP8wnY via @coolhunting)...
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How are social networks formed in cities?

How are social networks formed in cities? | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Kelsey Damrad says new research finds urban social networks are not determined geographically, but socially.
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7 Futurists On What To Expect In The Next Decade

7 Futurists On What To Expect In The Next Decade | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
From smartphone apps that can do seemingly everything to driverless cars and eerily humanlike robots, the past decade has seen dramatic advances in science and technology. What amazing advances ar
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Certainly the direction we're going in, but too rosy a timeline.

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The Startling Effect Technology Is Having on Humans’ Attention Spans

The Startling Effect Technology Is Having on Humans’ Attention Spans | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Just because we may be allocating our attention differently as a function of the technologies we may be using, it doesn’t mean that the way our attention actually can function has changed,” Morton told the Ottawa Citizen. “Digital technologies dovetail seamlessly into the information processing abilities of our brain.”

The study further reveals that the rate at which humans now process information is faster than before handheld technology took hold of everyday life. Among the top four factors that impact attentions spans the most are media consumption, social media usage, technology adoption rates and multi-screening behaviors.

With regard to these factors, the study found that attention spans vary according to how one consumes media and at which rate they adopt to using it.

For example, those who adopt to social media the quickest are able to process information from interactive environments (TV) better than people who adopt to social media at a slower pace. Reversely, the so-called “late adopters” of social media tend to process information faster in non-interactive environments (not TV).

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Otir's comment, May 15, 7:11 AM
I like your insight on this a lot because you put intelligent words on what I believe: that we are developing more effective use of the untapped capabilities of our neurons and creating new circuitry that is capable of more efficiently process information. And more over, we are discovering new types of information that we were not necessarily paying attention to because they are not "measurable" yet for lack of instruments to measure them but it will be invented too.
Stephen Dale's curator insight, May 15, 7:32 AM

Perhaps not that surprising to some, but it would appear that we now have evidence that the human species have an attention span of less than your average goldfish - 8 seconds vs. 9 seconds for a goldfish. You might just have time to read this before moving on to your next interruption! 

 

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Self-Organization, Emergence, and Constraint in Complex Natural Systems

Contemporary complexity theory has been instrumental in providing novel rigorous definitions for some classic philosophical concepts, including emergence. In an attempt to provide an account of emergence that is consistent with complexity and dynamical systems theory, several authors have turned to the notion of constraints on state transitions. Drawing on complexity theory directly, this paper builds on those accounts, further developing the constraint-based interpretation of emergence and arguing that such accounts recover many of the features of more traditional accounts. We show that the constraint-based account of emergence also leads naturally into a meaningful definition of self-organization, another concept that has received increasing attention recently. Along the way, we distinguish between order and organization, two concepts which are frequently conflated. Finally, we consider possibilities for future research in the philosophy of complex systems, as well as applications of the distinctions made in this paper.

 

Self-Organization, Emergence, and Constraint in Complex Natural Systems
Jonathan Lawhead

http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.01476


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Eli Levine's curator insight, February 14, 9:23 PM

We are naturally constrained by many natural laws in our universe.  Our governments are likewise constrained by physical laws of nature as well as the natural laws behind people, societies, economies, and ecosystems.  Where the constraints came from in nature, I don't know.  But what I do see, is that like the natural laws of the universe, societies impose other constraints upon our actions, behaviors, perceptions, chosen courses of action, abilities to frame issues and topics, abilities to define conditions within our social systems.  Governments can likewise make and define constraints for behaviors or willingness and ability to behave on the part of the citizenry, either by offering incentives to get people to behave in a particular way or to penalize and possibly limit some actions and chosen patterns of behavior. 

 

It should be noted that the laws and chosen constraints and incentives of the government on this level of existence can only be as good as the people who sit within them and make choices.  They are also limited by the physical laws of the universe and the natural laws, conditions, desires, and motives of the general public that composes the whole of society in aggregate and as that which is greater than the aggregate; the combined whole of human thought, behavior, and sentiment. 

 

These human-made constraints (created by governments and social authority figures) are also imperfect in their ability to contain and constrain the society, since the society and its members have autonomy from the government.  Humans and human societies are more constrained by the natural laws and the limitations of knowledge and perception that are present in our brains and neural systems.  Therefore, it can be said that human-made social constraints are less important than the natural ones that exist amongst ourselves and within the universe that we are apart of.

 

Therefore, I think that in order to continue to advance humanity and contribute to our potential to survive, endure, and thrive, we should be constantly and safely pushing at the constraints of what we already know and can do as individuals and as a species.  Our government(s) should focus on studying the universal natural laws of societies, economies, human behavior, and environmental functions in addition to the particular laws of their own societies, making laws and legal systems that work better and better with the natural laws of their own societies and amongst all human societies.  We should capitalize on our differences of perspective and opinion, sifting out those that don't fall into line with discovered reality while using that which is accurate to complete the puzzles of our universe in order to produce something greater than what we've presently got and to continue to advance ourselves safely and in accordance with what is actually helpful, healthful, and ethical for all sentient life in the universe.  Study, research, observation, and exploration are what will make tomorrow better than today, even as the natural laws and some conditions remain the same.  Health, well-being, quality of life, sustainability, and the ability to thrive for all are what we need to prioritize and produce as a society over financial profits and short term economic gains for a few.  Some constraints can be pushed, some can't, and some really shouldn't from the perspective of health, well-being, quality of life, and the ability to thrive for all.  Welcome to nature.

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EFF Asks Court to Overturn Decision Giving Celebrities Veto Power Over Speech - EFF

EFF Asks Court to Overturn Decision Giving Celebrities Veto Power Over Speech - EFF | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Once again, bad facts are making bad law – but it’s not too late to change that. EFF, together with the Organization for Transformative Works, has filed an amicus brief in Davis v. Electronic Arts.
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An Irreverent Guide To Transhumanism And The Singularity - io9

An Irreverent Guide To Transhumanism And The Singularity - io9 | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Futurists R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell have published a witty, snide, and incredibly informative new book titled, Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity.
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Digital Generations Survey: Does Texting Have A Brighter Future Than Facebook?

Digital Generations Survey: Does Texting Have A Brighter Future Than Facebook? | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Even grandparents are more likely to text than post regularly on Facebook.
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Another look at how different generations are using digital tools.

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Digital Generation Gap | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis

Digital Generation Gap | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Most people who follow the technology industry have a general sense there are important differences between younger and older people when it comes to what
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Nice to see someone has done this. Will be interesting when the results from other countries are included.

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The Digital Revolution’s Most Pivotal Moments

The Digital Revolution’s Most Pivotal Moments | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Walter Isaacson, the C.E.O. of the Aspen Institute traces the recent evolution of technology.
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Larry Page Lays Out His Plan for Your Future | Wired Business | Wired.com

Larry Page Lays Out His Plan for Your Future | Wired Business | Wired.com | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
At TED, Google CEO Larry Page talked about how he'll use the resources of the world's third-largest company to build his techno-optimistic vision of the future.
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Shift2020, How Technology Will Impact Our Future, eBook, Hardcover, Download

Shift2020, How Technology Will Impact Our Future, eBook, Hardcover, Download | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
A collaborative book including foresights on how technology will impact our future by some of the world's leading experts. Curated by Rudy De Waele and Designed by Louise Campbell.
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Worth a look.

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Who is Eleni Haifa? | New Humanist

Who is Eleni Haifa? | New Humanist | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
How the rise of information technology is transforming the way we think about human character.
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As well as how it is transforming us.

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Secure your home network—and every device attached to it—in 3 simple steps - PCWorld

Secure your home network—and every device attached to it—in 3 simple steps - PCWorld | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
If major companies can be breached, is there anything home users can do to escape the same fate? Plenty, say security experts.
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Practical and easy to follow.

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Global Citizen

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Together we are building a strong global community that’s ready to take action to help end extreme poverty
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The Rise of the 4th Platform: Pervasive Community, Data, Devices, and Intelligence

The Rise of the 4th Platform: Pervasive Community, Data, Devices, and Intelligence | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
These days it's still pretty common to talk about social business, mobility, analytics (especially when it's called big data), cloud, and the Internet of Things -- SMACT is the current acronym for ...
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Content Curation Tools Supermap by Robin Good

Content Curation Tools Supermap by Robin Good | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Pearltrees lets you organize all your interests

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, February 15, 3:52 PM

Robin Good has taught me a great deal about RSS, news radars, filters, and curation, and is a master curator himself. I have not used Pearltrees recently, but it continues to evolve as a curation platform. Curation is an act of both personal and public infotention -- putting context and one's imprimatur on resources found to be useful, for one's own use and for the use of the commons.

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The tablet market is in serious trouble

The tablet market is in serious trouble | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
The tablet market's first-ever decline came during the holiday quarter, which is generally when most tablets are sold.
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Hmm...I see the data, but I'm still thinking there is a lag as people discover their smart phone screens are too small, and tablets and mirroring pretty much do the trick at an affordable price.

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Finland scraps cursive handwriting in favour of typing skills

Finland scraps cursive handwriting in favour of typing skills | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Cursive handwriting will be scrapped from the Finnish education curriculum and replaced by lessons in keyboard typing, it has been announced.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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DailyEnglish's curator insight, February 4, 2:33 PM

quel est votre avis ? est ce que l’éducation français doit se concentrer sur l'utilisation d'un clavier plutôt que l'ecriture ?

www.dailyenglish.fr

A débattre !

EdTech@FAIS's curator insight, February 4, 6:38 PM

Is there a brain-memory connection to learning cursive that can't be learned with typing skills? What do you think?

Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, February 5, 5:42 AM

So sensible to teach typing, but I find children who can write cursive can read it.  It will be a pity to loose the ability to read old text, e.g. a letter from Granny!

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YouTube Rewind: An entire year's worth of Internet culture crammed into one video - FOX CT

YouTube Rewind: An entire year's worth of Internet culture crammed into one video - FOX CT | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
According to YouTube, 2014 was the year of Pharrell's "Happy", Disney's "Frozen", and the Ice Bucket Challenge. Every year the video site brings together the web video's biggest stars to pay homage...
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The Future of Privacy

The Future of Privacy | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Will governments and corporations expand current tracking policies? Or will innovators create new ways for individuals to control personal information? Experts are divided on whether a secure and balanced privacy-rights infrastructure will be in place by 2025.
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Quite a spectrum of viewpoints...worth checking out the "Elaborations" under the Table of Contents on the right side.

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The Myth Of AI | Edge.org

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Worth listening to the audio portion of Jaron's speech. The video link wasn't working when I tried it.
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The Most Important Insights From Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends Report | TechCrunch

The Most Important Insights From Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends Report | TechCrunch | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker's data dumps have become a highly anticipated event in the tech industry, as her research helps everyone else level..
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The Web at 25 in the U.S.

The Web at 25 in the U.S. | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
The overall verdict: The internet has been a plus for society and an especially good thing for individual users
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