Daily Archives: February 3, 2017

Testing and not just for the sake of it #iAMb

Testing ifttt for my Week in iAMbs tweets.

I had an idea to summarise the week in iambic pentamaters, or at least one. Not exactly contemporary digital culture perhaps! It’s called #iAMb because the i confers a more up-to-date image it might otherwise not claim, in a corporate, Silicon Valley kind of way and co-constitutes the question-statement-proposition I AM. (Who we are as humans has been a theme of EDC so far.) The b is silent, it’s the parasitic worm code and/or the unrevealed element in the sociotechnical mix and/or power’s concealed cipher.

Warning – I’m no poet!

Testing and not just for the sake of it

This week’s iAMb hangs on the word testing. I’m thinking here of testing boundaries – the blurred boundaries we have been thinking of in the first EDC block, such as between the human and the machine, between education and learning or education and technology. Testing boundaries is what we are doing in this experimental learning space. Education and learning are all about testing, hypotheses and understandings, experiments and prototypes. Testing has connotations, too, of how education is a testing of ourselves, and perhaps necessarily so, to enable us to move forward.

Not just for the sake of it could mean that this testing is important, to me here, and to humans in general. We are testing the boundary of human technological perfectability and sinister outcomes of Artificial Intelligence. This testing matter is important and education is a means of giving voice to individuals to which this public learning space attests.

The predominance of monosyllables makes the sentence sound a bit robotic and the choice of and and not but after testing marks a pause, but less of one, to simulate the pace of life on the internet.

Of course, I was just really testing ifttt to see if it would work with another hashtag :).

Favourite tweets! Justice and equity or command and control

Remember, our technologies are ideas; they are practices

Audrey Watters makes a plea for us to question our (education) technologies – un-blackbox for forensic examination, there is a real threat.

Not so Insta gram

Photocopy of the contents page of a book in my possession, Hypertext, State of the Art (a set of conference proceedings from 1989) which illustrates the pace of change in my adult lifetime of the “information highway” and its potential for “learning”.

Instagram ifttt applet currently broken!

Pinterest! Gene Editing

Just Pinned to Education and Digital Cultures: Kiruna Stamell, a dwarf, explains her problem with gene editing. http://ift.tt/2kwXxPR
A reminder of the ethical issues occasioned by our ability to manipulate genetic data. Human-become-data. This video clip asks us to consider what “normal” is and invites us to trace our motives and prejudices. Kiruna Stamell says
As humans our ability to adapt, care and love is what we must foster

Tweet! BBC Tech weekly roundup

Technology to aid and improve humankind?
A robotic hand that doesn’t squash fruit (robots taking our jobs), material that can pick up a fish (eventually to be used in surgery), selfie drones (“internet narcissism”).