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How technology disrupted the truth | Katharine Viner

How technology disrupted the truth | Katharine Viner | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism

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Alex Grech's curator insight, July 12, 2016 3:08 AM
A long insightful read on how new technology is being put to (old) hegemonic use.  For the business of power will always incorporate and renegotiate.
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This Generation Will Be Fine: Why Social Media Won’t Ruin Us — Medium

This Generation Will Be Fine: Why Social Media Won’t Ruin Us — Medium | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
When people express concern about how smartphones are damaging our young people, I laugh. This anxiety that the internet is going to ruinreal human interactions is reminiscent of parents in the 50s who were worried that Elvis shaking his hips was the devil. Let’s be very clear here. Being concerned about cultural progression “damaging us as a society” always repeats itself with the current trend and will continue to play itself out again and again and again.

Millennials are no different from Gen Y, Gen X, or any previous generation when it comes to being affected by a culture shift. In the 1940s, people had their heads in the newspaper and theirs ears to the radio. By the 60s, it was the TV. What about everyone today on their laptop and smartphones at a Starbucks? See what I’m getting at?

What’s happening with technology in our culture and society is just evolution. Technology is not undermining real human interactions. Instead, it is exposing people for who they really are. I have been asked many times, “What are we teaching the young people?” I’ve watched the behavior of 14 year old girls spending 10 minutes to take the best selfie, post it on Instagram, and then take it down when it doesn’t get enough likes. This superficial behavior tends to concern pundits who think that technology is the cause of this appearance driven, attention seeking behavior in teenagers. But the thing is, teenagers have always strived to be liked and sought the attention of their peers and potential significant others. Selfies on Instagram is the evolution of this same behavior.

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Bitcoin and Blockchains explained | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

Bitcoin and Blockchains explained | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog | Digital Culture | Scoop.it

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Amazon’s Audible Goes Long on Short-Form Audio

Amazon’s Audible Goes Long on Short-Form Audio | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
The audiobook and spoken-word company is selling access to an extensive library of short-form audio, including original programs, for $4.95 per month.
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Makes a lot of sense, who's got time to read anymore?  Replace listening to all that shi**y music with podcasts, articles, etc. Cool beans.
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Some Helpful Activities and Resources to Teach Web Literacy to Students via @medkh9

Some Helpful Activities and Resources to Teach Web Literacy to Students via @medkh9 | Digital Culture | Scoop.it

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Interesting...!!
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Privacy Shield deal lets US tech firms transfer European customers' data again

Privacy Shield deal lets US tech firms transfer European customers' data again | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
After much delay from surveillance concerns, the EU agreed to Privacy Shield, a new data transfer deal that will affect Facebook, Google and other US tech firms

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A civil servant missing most of his brain challenges our most basic theories of consciousness

A civil servant missing most of his brain challenges our most basic theories of consciousness | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Not much is definitively proven about consciousness, the awareness of one’s existence and surroundings, other than that its somehow linked to the brain. But theories as to how, exactly, grey matter generates consciousness are challenged when a fully-conscious man is found to be missing most of his brain.

Several years ago, a 44-year-old Frenchman went to the hospital complaining of mild weakness in his left leg. It was discovered then that his skull was filled largely by fluid, leaving just a thin parameter of actual brain tissue.

And yet the man was a married father of two and a civil servant with an IQ of 75, below-average in his intelligence but not mentally disabled.

Doctors believe the man’s brain slowly eroded over 30 years due to a build up of fluid in the brain’s ventricles, a condition known as “hydrocephalus.” His hydrocephalus was treated with a shunt, which drains the fluid into the bloodstream, when he was an infant. But it was removed when he was 14 years old. Over the following decades, the fluid accumulated, leaving less and less space for his brain.

While this may seem medically miraculous, it also poses a major challenge for cognitive psychologists, says Axel Cleeremans of the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

“Any theory of consciousness has to be able to explain why a person like that, who’s missing 90% of his neurons, still exhibits normal behavior,” says Cleeremans. A theory of consciousness that depends on “specific neuroanatomical features” (the physical make-up of the brain) would have trouble explaining such cases.

In theory, the frontal, parietal, temporal, and occipital lobes in the brain control motion, sensibility, language, vision, audition, and emotional and cognitive functions. But those these regions were all reduced in the Frenchman. He did not, however, suffer significant mental effects suggesting that, if an injury occurs slowly over time, the brain can adapt to survive despite major damage in these regions.

Cleermeans, who gave a lecture on the subject at this year’s Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness conference in Buenos Aires, believes that the seeming plasticity of the brain is key to understanding how consciousness operates.

He believes that the brain learns to be conscious. As such, few specific neural features are necessary for consciousness, since areas of the brain are able to adapt and develop consciousness.

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FastTFriend's insight: “Consciousness is the brain’s non-conceptual theory about itself, gained through experience—that is learning, interacting with itself, the world, and with other people,” he says.
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“Consciousness is the brain’s non-conceptual theory about itself, gained through experience—that is learning, interacting with itself, the world, and with other people,” he says.
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40 Million iCloud Accounts Hacked? Hackers Hold iOS Devices To Ransom

40 Million iCloud Accounts Hacked? Hackers Hold iOS Devices To Ransom | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Massive 40 Million iCloud Accounts Hack Could Hold Apple Devices Hostage For Russian Ransomware Apple’s iCloud account appears to have been so severely hac
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Next Big Future: China's middle class emerging as the world's consumption engine will be over half of all online shopping by 2018

Next Big Future: China's middle class emerging as the world's consumption engine will be over half of all online shopping by 2018 | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
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Open AI Ecosystem Portends a Personal Assistant for Everyone

Open AI Ecosystem Portends a Personal Assistant for Everyone | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
One of the advantages that CEOs and celebrities have over most people is that they don’t need to spend much time handling the uninteresting, time-consuming aspects of daily life: scheduling appointments, making travel plans, searching for the information they want. They have personal assistants, or PAs, who handle such things. But soon—maybe even this year—most of us will be able to afford this luxury for the price of few lattes a month, thanks to the emergence of an open AI ecosystem.

AI here refers, of course, to artificial intelligence. Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Google’s OK Google and Amazon’s Echo services are nifty in the way that they extract questions from speech using natural-language processing and then do a limited set of useful things, such as look for a restaurant, get driving directions, find an open slot for a meeting, or run a simple web search. But too often their response to a request for help is “Sorry, I don’t know about that” or “here’s what I found on the web.” You would never confuse these digital assistants for a human PA. Moreover, these systems are proprietary and hard for entrepreneurs to extend with new features.

But over the past several years, several pieces of emerging technology have linked together in ways that make it easier to build far more powerful, human-like digital assistants—that is, into an open AI ecosystem. This ecosystem connects not only to our mobile devices and computers—and through them to our messages, contacts, finances, calendars and work files—but also to the thermostat in the bedroom, the scale in the bathroom, the bracelet on the wrist, even the car in the driveway. The interconnection of the Internet with the Internet of Things and your own personal data, all instantly available almost anywhere via spoken conversations with an AI, could unlock higher productivity and better health and happiness for millions of people within the next few years.

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'Top universities to offer full degrees online in five years' - BBC News

'Top universities to offer full degrees online in five years' - BBC News | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Leading universities will offer fully accredited undergraduate courses online within five years, says the founder of a leading US online university network.

Daphne Koller, chief executive of Coursera, said the technology was available but universities had been hesitant about their "reputation".

So far, online courses have mostly offered certificates for short courses rather than full degrees.

Prof Koller says online degrees can be "more affordable and accessible".

Founded in California four years ago, Coursera has become one of the world's biggest providers of "massive, open, online courses" - known as Moocs.

The online platform has 20 million students following courses from about 145 prestigious universities and institutions around the world.

But most of the online courses have been short units that give students a certificate, rather than a full degree or credits towards a degree.

Prof Koller, speaking at an educational technology conference in London, said the next stage for online learning would be leading universities offering mainstream undergraduate courses online, with invigilated exams and full degrees.

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Google Is Transforming NYC's Payphones Into a 'Personalized Propaganda Engine'

Google Is Transforming NYC's Payphones Into a 'Personalized Propaganda Engine' | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
At six-five, Bill de Blasio is usually considerably taller than his conversation partners. But on a cold day in February, the mayor of New Yor
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"But there is a different issue in play here: the right of the City of New York to surrender that data for us; the right of our elected officials — over the objections of some of the city's own watchdogs and in exchange for what is, viewed in the light of the city's $78 billion annual budget, chump change — to sell citizens' privacy off the back of a truck to a for-profit company."
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No Biggie, Neil deGrasse Tyson Just Proposed a New Kind of Government

No Biggie, Neil deGrasse Tyson Just Proposed a New Kind of Government | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Neil deGrasse Tyson proposes an ideal form of government and causes a viral debate.
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Microsoft intros Conditional Action Programmer, works similar to IFTTT

Microsoft intros Conditional Action Programmer, works similar to IFTTT | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Most of you have probably tried IFTTT or are already addicted to it. There are too many channels available already but others are still having a hard time
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Now the 100 individual privacy settings you need to set on your phone can be done in a single app

Now the 100 individual privacy settings you need to set on your phone can be done in a single app | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
When it comes to privacy controls, we may now have too much of a good thing. Smartphone owners must now make more than 100 privacy decisions about how how much data their apps can share on Apple’s iOs and Google’s Android operating systems. That number will only climb as privacy settings affect more of our devices and software

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The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism | KurzweilAI

The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism | KurzweilAI | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Sharing isn’t new. Giving someone a ride, having a guest in your spare room, running errands for someone, participating in a supper club — these are not revolutionary concepts. What is new, in the “sharing economy,” is that you are not helping a friend for free; you are providing these services to a stranger for money.

In this book, Arun Sundararajan, an expert on the sharing economy, explains the transition to what he describes as “crowd-based capitalism” — a new way of organizing economic activity that may supplant the traditional corporate-centered model. As peer-to-peer commercial exchange blurs the lines between the personal and the professional, how will the economy, government regulation, what it means to have a job, and our social fabric be affected?

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Chatbots have an operating system problem

Chatbots have an operating system problem | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Sophisticated chatbots have, in no uncertain terms, emerged as a reality that businesses and consumers must prepare for.
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"Businesses now stand at the beginning of a bot revolution, making it extremely important for companies to select the right IT strategy from the start. What businesses need is a single operating system for bots to emerge, one that makes it possible to very easily create, set up, and host bots for any messaging app or front-end."
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A mathematical BS detector can boost the wisdom of crowds – George Musser | Aeon Essays

Metaknowledge functions as a powerful bullshit detector. It can separate crowd members who actually know something from those who are guessing wildly or just parroting what everyone else says. ‘The crowd community has been insufficiently ambitious in what it tries to extract from the crowd,’ Prelec says. ‘The crowd is wise, but not in the way the error-correcting intuition assumed. There’s more information there.’ The bullshit detector isn’t perfect, but it’s the best you can do whenever you don’t know the answer yourself and have to rely on other people’s opinion. Which eyewitness do you believe? Which talking head on TV? Which scientist commenting on some controversial topic? If they demonstrate superior metaknowledge, you can take that as a sign of their superior knowledge.

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Something like @hlrheingold's crap detector in action, nice!
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A New Visual On Bloom's Taxonomy for The Web via @medkh9

A New Visual On Bloom's Taxonomy for The Web via @medkh9 | Digital Culture | Scoop.it

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David Hain's curator insight, July 10, 2016 3:07 AM

This is a really useful learning resource!

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, July 10, 2016 7:36 PM
If you love Bloom's Taxonomy as much as I do, and use technology in your lessons, you will enjoy these resources.
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Solar road technology comes to Route 66

Solar road technology comes to Route 66 | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Solar Roadways' dreams of sunlight-gathering paths are one step closer to taking shape. Missouri's Department of Transportation is aiming to install a test version of the startup's solar road tiles in a sidewalk at the Historic Route 66 Welcome Center in Conway. Okay, it won't be on Route 66 just yet, but that's not the point -- the goal is to see whether or not the technology is viable enough that it could safely be used on regular streets. You should see it in action toward the end of the year.

The tiles will be familiar if you've followed Solar Roadways before. Each one combines a solar cell with LED lighting, a heating element and tempered glass that's strong enough to support the weight of a semi-trailer truck. If successful, the panels will feed the electrical grid (ideally paying for themselves) and make the roads safer by both lighting the way as well as keeping the roads free of rain and snow. They should be easier to repair than asphalt, too, since you don't need to take out whole patches of road to fix small cracks.

Of course, "if successful" is the operative term here. The real litmus test comes if and when Solar Roadways subjects the tiles to the legions of cars traveling on Route 66 and beyond.

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Global economy 'grim' and G20 must step up to fix it: China

Global economy 'grim' and G20 must step up to fix it: China | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
The global economic situation is grim and major economies must lead the way in tackling problems including sluggish growth and weak trade, China's trade minister Gao Hucheng said on Saturday.
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Social Violence Networking

Social Violence Networking | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
It's amazing how quickly social media broadcasting has become central to social violence. It is being used by all of the participants: Attackers (video was removed): Larossi Abballa Facebook livestreamed his terrorist attack on the home of a polic
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Big Brother Banks – who owns your data?

Big Brother Banks – who owns your data? | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Data is the oil that will lubricate the wheels of the fintech sector. However creating data sets takes time and effort. So many fintechs argue that opening up access to bank data sets is in the interest of the greater public good. It’s a prickly question and skirts a grey regulatory area in many countries.…

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It's mine, I should own it in a blockchain....don't care who sees it after that.
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Free app for communicating with parents: Bloomz via @coolcatteacher

Free app for communicating with parents: Bloomz via @coolcatteacher | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Bloomz is the free tool I currently use for communicating with parents. Bloomz was one of my sponsors for ISTE 2016 this year, and I appreciate their support. So, I sat down with Bloomz and did an interview about the product and how it works. They have some cool new features including Bloomz for schools, video, […]

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I've been wanting to be able to do that forever, got one for me??
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History (and Logic) Explains Why Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Proposed Rational Nation Is a Terrible Idea

History (and Logic) Explains Why Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Proposed Rational Nation Is a Terrible Idea | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
“Scientism” is the belief that all we need to solve the world’s problems is, you guessed it, science. People sometimes sub in the phrase rational thin
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