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Concept Video Shows The Book Of The Future - Edudemic

Concept Video Shows The Book Of The Future - Edudemic | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
The book of the future is being written right now, it seems. Check out this video for one take on what it might look like.
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12 Good Word Cloud Generators for Teachers and Students curated by Educators' technology

12 Good Word Cloud Generators for Teachers and Students curated by Educators' technology | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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OFFREDI Didier's curator insight, August 15, 12:32 PM
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Bev Jones's curator insight, August 16, 12:33 PM
12 useful word cloud generators and linked article on how to use word clouds in teaching and learning.
Michelle Nimchuk's curator insight, August 16, 2:31 PM
List of other word cloud generators to play with on the net such as the one I recently played with called Word Art.  
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Opinion | Google Doesn’t Want What’s Best for Us

Opinion | Google Doesn’t Want What’s Best for Us | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
America has held a largely romantic view of the tech industry that is at odds with reality.
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China to Start Using Blockchain to Collect Taxes and Send Invoices

China to Start Using Blockchain to Collect Taxes and Send Invoices | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
China has just announced that it will use blockchain technology for social taxation and issuing electronic invoices.
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The Four Foundations of Financial Literacy

The Four Foundations of Financial Literacy | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
What is financial literacy? Rich Dad’s Robert Kiyosaki outlines the four foundational principles and discusses financial education here.

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Andreas Christodoulou's curator insight, August 7, 11:29 AM
Teach yourself about money.
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Evolutionary biologists identify non-genetic source of species variability

Evolutionary biologists identify non-genetic source of species variability | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
An unspoken frustration for evolutionary biologists over the past 100 years, says Craig Albertson at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is that genetics can only account for a small percentage of variation in the physical traits of organisms. Now he reports experimental results on how another factor, a "bizarre behavior" that is part of early cichlid fish larvae's developmental environment, influences later variation in their craniofacial bones.

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Preserving the Right to Cognitive Liberty

Preserving the Right to Cognitive Liberty | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
A new type of brain-imaging technology could expose—even change—our private thoughts

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FastTFriend's curator insight, August 3, 8:13 AM
The idea of the human mind as the domain of absolute protection from external intrusion has persisted for centuries. Today, however, this presumption might no longer hold. Sophisticated neuroimaging machines and brain-computer interfaces detect the electrical activity of neurons, enabling us to decode and even alter the nervous system signals that accompany mental processes. Whereas these advances have a great potential for research and medicine, they pose a fundamental ethical, legal and social challenge: determining whether or under what conditions it is legitimate to gain access to or interfere with another person's neural activity.
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To the Elites of the World

To the Elites of the World | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Faced with climate change, financial, economic and spending crisis, mass migration, terrorism, wars and cyber threats, it appears we are very close to global emergency. Given this state of affairs, we are running out of time to fix the problems of our planet. Here, we present what should be decided during the UN General Assembly on September 23 2017 and a reflexive preamble.

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The strange topology that is reshaping physics

The strange topology that is reshaping physics | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Topological effects might be hiding inside perfectly ordinary materials, waiting to reveal bizarre new particles or bolster quantum computing.

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Facebook May Have Just Shown What Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking Have Been Afraid of All Along

The threat of A.I. isn't in what we know, but in what it knows and won't tell us.

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THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*'s curator insight, August 1, 3:05 PM

Facebook's bots evolved in a way that spooked it's engineers so badly, they shut them down.

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Wow! Straight from "Startrek" or "Person of Interest".

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Facebook AI Experiment Shutdown Holds Lessons for IT Industry

Facebook AI Experiment Shutdown Holds Lessons for IT Industry | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
NEWS ANALYSIS: Facebook discovered that some chatbots created for AI experiments on automated negotiation talked to each other in a language that used English words, but was unintelligible to humans.
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The message sent is not always the message received!

 

"In addition, you must also develop a means of monitoring what’s happening when your AI system is receiving input or providing output to other systems. It’s not so much that having your machines create their own language is a problem as it is that you need to be able to audit the results. To audit the results, you need to understand what they’re up to.

Finally, deep down inside, AI agents need to be instructed to speak English all the time—not just when it thinks the humans are listening."

 

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10 Tips to Stay Safe When You're at Black Hat or Everywhere Else

10 Tips to Stay Safe When You're at Black Hat or Everywhere Else | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
The annual Black Hat USA conference is a ripe opportunity for hackers to test their skills, but using these 10 tips might help to reduce the cyber-risk while online at the show or "in the wild."
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The fountain of youth might reside deep in our brains

The key to living longer may reside deep in our brains. In a major breakthrough for our understanding of how the brain controls aging, scientists managed to both speed up and slow down the aging process in mice by disrupting the volume of neural stem cells found in the hypothalamus.
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Digital Tools to Help Students Succeed Online - Applied Digital Skills

Digital Tools to Help Students Succeed Online - Applied Digital Skills | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Help your students succeed online and prepare for their careers with free digital tools and online lessons from Applied Digital Skills.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, August 15, 2:03 AM
This looks great! Would be interested to hear from anyone who has used it in a classroom setting1 
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The Singularity: Connecting Dots

The Singularity: Connecting Dots | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
I have found that the metaphor “Connecting the Dots” is a good way to think about the emerging future. With the sheer number of dots emerging, and the pace at which they advance, we are challenged both by the number of dots, and the speed at which they emerge and Intersect. These dots are combining…
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Apple Accidentally 'Confirms' iPhone 8 Is Massive

Apple Accidentally 'Confirms' iPhone 8 Is Massive | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
iPhone 8's size increase has inadvertently been confirmed by none other than Appl
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what we can now look forward to with full confidence is the biggest redesign in iPhone history.

 

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Free: You Can Now Read Classic Books by MIT Press on Archive.org via openculture 

Free: You Can Now Read Classic Books by MIT Press on Archive.org via openculture  | Digital Culture | Scoop.it


FYI. At the end of May, Archive.org announced this on its blog:

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GwynethJones's curator insight, August 7, 12:57 PM

Cool! Thanks MIT!

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China, EU connect to promote digital Silk Road

China, EU connect to promote digital Silk Road | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Asian news hub covering geo-political news and current affairs across Asia
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“There are still 800 million people unconnected to the Internet in Europe and China, and there is a huge space for our cooperation. We look forward to achieving a better synergy between Europe’s Digital Agenda and China’s Internet Plus Strategy,” said Lu(Wei), according to China Daily. “And we will make our contribution to digitalization, cyber development and cyberspace security,” he says.

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Quantum physics is about to revolutionize biochemistry

Quantum physics is about to revolutionize biochemistry | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Chemists have largely ignored quantum mechanics. But it now turns out that this strange physics has a huge effect on biochemical reactions.

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When the Map Is Better Than the Territory

When the Map Is Better Than the Territory | Digital Culture | Scoop.it

The causal structure of any system can be analyzed at a multitude of spatial and temporal scales. It has long been thought that while higher scale (macro) descriptions may be useful to observers, they are at best a compressed description and at worse leave out critical information and causal relationships. However, recent research applying information theory to causal analysis has shown that the causal structure of some systems can actually come into focus and be more informative at a macroscale. That is, a macroscale description of a system (a map) can be more informative than a fully detailed microscale description of the system (the territory). This has been called “causal emergence.” While causal emergence may at first seem counterintuitive, this paper grounds the phenomenon in a classic concept from information theory: Shannon’s discovery of the channel capacity. I argue that systems have a particular causal capacity, and that different descriptions of those systems take advantage of that capacity to various degrees. For some systems, only macroscale descriptions use the full causal capacity. These macroscales can either be coarse-grains, or may leave variables and states out of the model (exogenous, or “black boxed”) in various ways, which can improve the efficacy and informativeness via the same mathematical principles of how error-correcting codes take advantage of an information channel’s capacity. The causal capacity of a system can approach the channel capacity as more and different kinds of macroscales are considered. Ultimately, this provides a general framework for understanding how the causal structure of some systems cannot be fully captured by even the most detailed microscale description

 

When the Map Is Better Than the Territory
Erik P. Hoel

Entropy 2017, 19(5), 188; doi:10.3390/e19050188


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Explaining Top-Down Minds from the Bottom Up. Review of From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel C. Dennett, 2017

The main topic of Dennett’s book is intelligent design and the design of intelligence, trying to make intuitive the processes of both, be it the top-down process of comprehension that designs with foresight and reasons or the bottom-up process of evolution that has, through blind trial and error, captured free-floating rationales and ultimately, through co-evolution (between memes and genes), achieved top-down intelligence, flipping its original design process upside down.

 

Delarivière S. (2017) Explaining top-down minds from the bottom up. Review of from bacteria to bach and back: The evolution of minds by daniel c. Dennett, 2017.. Constructivist Foundations 12(3): 369–372. http://constructivist.info/12/3/369


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Student Perceptions of Gamified Learning in Higher Education

Student Perceptions of Gamified Learning in Higher Education | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Currently in higher education, there are concerns that student engagement and motivation are declining. For this reason, instructors are experimenting with innovative ways to teach that will capture the interest of students who grew up in the experience age, where social life revolves around sending short videos and pictures to others. One emerging pedagogical tool in this vein is gamification: the act of making class content into a competitive game. Before gamification can become a mature type of pedagogy, data should be collected on how students perceive its effectiveness and enjoyment.

A team of researchers tested this question in two different higher education settings: one large class of undergrad students and one small class of postgrad students. Each group incorporated a gamified learning component into its curriculum. Students were studying business, and the gamified lesson was on taxes. After the semester, the researchers interviewed the students in focus groups to collect their data on learner reactions.

Overall, they found stark differences in how the two groups perceived the gamified learning experiences. In general, the undergrads had a positive experience with the game; they felt they learned the material well, stayed motivated, and enjoyed the lesson. Conversely, the postgrad group had a negative experience with the game; they thought it detracted from their educational goals and created an uncomfortable class atmosphere.

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Augmented Reality's A-ha Moment

We are giant fans of the original video by Aha and director Steve Barron, and especially the legendary animators Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger wh
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Same but Different? Distributed Creativity in the Internet Age (PDF Download Available)

Same but Different? Distributed Creativity in the Internet Age (PDF Download Available) | Digital Culture | Scoop.it

This article aims to contribute to a better understanding of the impact of the Internet on distributed creativity. While the social mechanisms that are fundamental for creative expression are not radically different online, and while we want to avoid overly romanticizing the role of the Internet or falling prey to technological determinism, we argue that there are, nevertheless, significant shifts that must be acknowledged and examined.


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THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*'s curator insight, July 26, 5:46 AM

An interesting approach to the complex concept of creativity, examining it by adopting the view of a differentiated understanding of the range of changes in creative expression in the Internet age. How do technologies and the widespread use of the internet affect creative practice and expression? This article presents an insightful contribution to the area by introducing a specific framework adhering to social-based understandings of creativity.

Andreas Christodoulou's curator insight, July 26, 6:05 AM
Identifying elements of Collaborative Creativity in the Internet age.
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How a Bug in an Obscure Chip Exposed a Billion Smartphones to Hackers

How a Bug in an Obscure Chip Exposed a Billion Smartphones to Hackers | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
A Broadcom flaw that undermined scores of Android and iOS devices hints the future of smartphone hacking lies in third-party components.
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