Week 2 summary

I specifically spent the week focused on robots, developing from week 1. Looking over the week two key themes seem to have emerged in my unconsciousness. Firstly, dystopian/utopian binary perspectives of robots in society, both now and in the future. Secondly, the human/machine interface and the ethics of the blurred line between them.

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Cyborg me

Working through our readings I thought I would apply the characteristics of human-machine relationships in the Millar paper to myself to bring the whole concept of cyborg into perspective for me. It was also a good chance to have a play at creating an artefact.

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A helpful infographic for those of us thinking about doing a hyperlinked #mscedc assignment by @GoogleGuacamole https://t.co/loUJfCUj0O

from http://twitter.com/ClareThomsonQUB

Going manual

So after a morning of frustration and wrestling with my IFTTT applets I am opting to put down a few words manually. This allows me to both vent and introduce some much needed imagery into my stream. Last week I focused on just my thoughts, added to Tweets, and although plain it resulted in a pretty streamlined stream (pun intended), however, as the links weren’t working it was hard work to see what I was commenting on.

Now I have sorted out the links to the original content but still no images and it all looks a repetitive mess so it will be back to IFTTT after I finish this. I next turned to Pinterest as an alternative method to add pictures, however, for some reason this is failing to display the image. A quick search highlighted that IFTTT needs the actual image extension to display properly but when I linked directly to the .jpg it still didn’t show. The perfectionist in me wants to delete my failed attempts as it destroys the aesthetic of the blog in addition to visually publicly showing my incompetence (which as a learning technologist is proving amusing) but it is an important part of my story as I have lost several hours on technical details rather than reading course content and other blogs.

So I stepped aside from the digital for a few moments and turned to my older pen and paper technology and made some notes from Jeremy’s week one welcome to refocus me. Our family robot says ‘hello’ to you all (he actually plays music and dances so he might appear again later in my artefacts). Thank you Jeremy for the suggestion.

New for 2017 – creating a lifestream via IFTTT so this is my first test tweet for the #mscedc module. Also ‘hello’… https://t.co/AMyoLI2dYM

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A new journey

Education and Digital Cultures is my third module for Digital Education and probably the one that I feel least prepared for. The only direct experience that I think I have is from the #edcmooc back in 2014 and thinking about assemblages in the Digital Student Experience module last semester.

My natural tendency is to put the human before the technical and I wonder if this will change over the course. Is the boundary between the two going to blur?

Finally,  I am wondering along with other fellow students how I am going to ensure that I make sense at the end of each week of my (compulsory) lifestream of consciousness via IFTTT.  We haven’t stated yet but already new technologies explored and still more to go.

Let the adventure begin…