Democracy is drowning in fake news. This is the latest reassuring conclusion drawn by those on the losing side of 2016, from Brexit to the US elections to the Italian referendum.
Apparently, all these earnest, honest and unfashionably rational grownups are losing elections because of a dangerous epidemic of fake news, internet memes and funny YouTube videos. For this crowd, the problem is not that the Titanic of democratic capitalism is sailing in dangerous waters; its potential sinking can never be discussed in polite society anyway. Rather, it’s that there are far too many false reports about giant icebergs on the horizon.
Eind deze maand ben ik spreker op een medewerkersdag van Doxis, een dienstverlener gespecialiseerd in het structureren en ordenen van informatie. Een bedrijf met meer dan 100 medewerkers dat ruim 100 jaar bestaat. Een bijzondere prestatie in een wereld die … Lees verder →
This morning Dan Colman updated his master list (OpenCulture) of free and open courses offered by top universities, a list that now includes 1,200 courses and roughly 40,000 hours of audio and video instruction. (Colman, 2016) This is actually only a small percentage of the tens of thousands of learning resources available freely and openly on the internet.
To get a sense of the depth and breadth of free and open online learning resources, look at YouTube coverage of the Stirling Engine (also known as the external combustion engine). As of today, I count 154,000 results. (YouTube) These are not advertisements or spam—they are individual contributions, ranging from ‘Jim Tangeman’s wood fired Stirling engine powered tractor’ to ‘Homemade Stirling Watts Beam Engine, Hot Air Engine’ (“This is something I’ve been working on for five months,” says the author). (Knight, 2014)
The question we face is no longer whether we will live in a world of free and open learning resources, but rather, what that world will look like.
Innovation-led growth can square a circle that is challenging modern capitalism: how to generate sustained and sustainable economic growth, built on high-value, well-paying jobs. This is at the core of entrepreneurial societies, and it is a good objective. The problem is how to get there. Although many countries have set the goal, few have achieved it.
The reason for this elusiveness lies in widespread misunderstandings about how innovation-led growth has been achieved in the past. These misunderstandings have allowed the wrong narratives to drive policy making, with individual entrepreneurs and companies as the central characters of the story. Left unchallenged, this narrative leads to counterproductive policy making and a distribution of rewards from growth that doesn’t reflect the actual distribution of risks.
Unless you live under a rock or are completely off the grid when it comes to technology, you’re probably aware of the maker movement. However, if you need a refresher, I made an infographic. The maker movement is such an exciting time for students and teachers alike! Yet, while a part of you is excited, the other part of you is flooded with the reasons why you just can’t start a makerspace right now.
“I have no money.” “I’m just not super comfortable with technology.” “We don’t have devices at my school.” “I don’t have the space.” “I don’t have the schedule that allows me to teach the kids how to do the stuff.”
I find this to be incredibly unfortunate. Not unfortunate in that I wish you had more money and were more comfortable with technology (although I sympathize), but unfortunate in that you think you need both of those to start a makerspace. With the massive amount of information out there about makerspaces, somewhere along the way, the term “maker” became synonymous with words like “3-D printing” and “robots.”
My husband loves woodworking and I like building computers. Am I more of a “maker” than he is? Am I being less of a maker when I use zip-ties and soda caps to fix my son’s toy car rather than 3-D printing a replacement part? Absolutely not!
In its “New Skills Agenda for Europe”, the European Commission outlines the need to spread digital skills and fight digital exclusion and acknowledges the important contribution of public libraries. In one year, 4.6 million Europeans accessed the internet for the first time at their public library and 2.3 million people attended digital literacy courses in libraries.
What does it mean to be digitally literate? The European Commission has its indicators: starting from browsing, searching and filtering information, to protecting personal data and coding. From the growing need for digital skills in the workplace, to benefiting from a range of services such as e-government and online banking, a baseline of digital skills is vital to full participation in modern society.
The danger is that with the digital revolution, we risk leaving many people behind. Nearly half of the EU has insufficient digital skills and nearly one in five people has never used the internet.
Older people and marginalised groups are especially at risk of digital exclusion. But the issue of digital illiteracy is also systemic in education; only 30% of students in the EU can be considered as digitally competent.
Robots zullen in toenemende mate productiewerk gaan uitvoeren. Dit proces is al jaren aan de gang en zal de komende jaren dankzij kunstmatige intelligentie verder doorzetten. Echter, ook ‘kenniswerkers’ zullen in toenemende mate vervangen worden door slimme machines die het werk efficiënter kunnen uitvoeren.
QUARTZ schrijft bijvoorbeeld over het initiatief van de Japanse verzekeringsmaatschappij Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance die deze maand 34 medewerkers gaat vervangen door één machine. Deze medewerkers onderzochten tot nu toe ingediende claims. Dankzij kunstmatige intelligentie kunnen nu medische dossiers en andere relevante documenten gescand worden om te bepalen of een verzoek ook daadwerkelijk zal worden uitbetaald. Men verwacht dat claims hierdoor sneller zullen worden uitbetaald.
Het initiatief kost eenmalig 1,7 miljoen dollar en daarna jaarlijks 128.000 dollar. Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance bespaart echter jaarlijks 1,1 miljoen dollar aan
Niche-specific content is usually not readily available through regular generic search engines. One example is the academic and scholarly content. While running a search query about an academic topic through a generic search engine such as Google would probably render fairly decent results, it, however, usually takes digging into so much fluff before finally landing on relevant results. This is where having access to topic-specific search engines comes in handy. Such search engines do not only provide specific content tailored to the topic under study but their content is more likely to be reliable and authoritative. To this end, we have compiled this list of excellent academic search engines that teachers, student researchers and academics can use to quickly locate and access scholarly works and publications. We have only included what we believe are the most relevant and popular titles out there. If you have other suggestions to add to the list please share with us on our Facebook page. Enjoy
Kalev Leetaru writes: "Technology alone cannot solve the fake news problem – only through teaching society to be data and information literate can we improve citizens’ ability to interpret the world around them."
From Pew Research: Political discussions on social media are a fact of digital life for many Americans. And although some politically active users enjoy these opportunities for engagement, a larger share of U.S.
Business strategies – especially in the tradition sense – are rather pushy. If you have a product, your strategy is to explain why a customer should use it.
Design thinking as a strategy flips this. Instead of forcing a product on customers, instead, it sees things from the customer’s perspective. A design mindset is not problem-focused, it is solution focused and action-oriented towards creating a preferred future. Design Thinking draws upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning – exploring the possibilities of what could be. This train of thought creates desired outcomes benefiting the end user.
When design principles are applied to strategy and innovation the success rate for innovation dramatically improves.
Amazon, Goodreads, LibraryThing. I was excited when these outlets for amateur book reviews showed up. Finally, I could tell these snooty book reviewers, these Kakutanis, to take their five-dollar words and...ingurgitate them wholly.
But that excitement came and went a long time ago. It was a different time. I was young. Excited about the future. I hadn’t yet seen the horrors to come.
My mistake was thinking, for a brief moment, that something could be turned over to the crowd, and that the crowd would handle this new power well.
You all are screwing up your amateur book reviews. Here’s how.
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