Open – I feel vulnerable

screenshots of my digital footprint

Currently battling with my own perception of my personal cyber culture. With the #MSCEDC course being pretty much conducted publicly for all and sundry, I’m questioning why I feel uncomfortable about it. After all, I blog, publicly A LOT, at last count I have 8 blogs, I have a youtube channel which again is public, I tweet, public, and much more so what’s the issue? I can only ascertain it’s about control or the level of control.  My digital footprint is massive, google me (that sounds like a teenage put down) and you’ll find pictures, blog posts etc. but in all of that I control what is and isn’t public, who can and can’t access things and how they are displayed. I carefully construct what I say and how I interact on these platforms to present the public face I want people to see. With the course blog, I feel I have very little control, it’s all public but I can’t decide not to post because I have to use it for the purpose of the course so all my thoughts, my personal development, my mistakes are there, laid bare.


TWEET! – is a digital culture changing us for the better

I have to ask, is this a good thing? Is a digital culture changing our behaviour for the better or worse?

This urge to photograph and film so many things which we would never have before, all for the sake of sharing. Is it a good thing or are we too busy recording things to “live” them and missing the moment?


What is culture?

I thought a good place to start this week would be to define what exactly culture is, and it took me on a much more exciting journey than I had expected. I began, as I suspect many of us will, with the idea of culture as some sort of society, a group of people with similar practices, outlooks and goals, much like the depiction of computer culture in the early 90s movies I grew up with.  The depiction of the dystopian world is a regular in sci-fi movies and books which feature computer technology, where there is always an underground culture fighting “the man”. The man usually being the group who are in charge of the computers (a corporation or the government).

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TWEET! – posting in lifestream

The idea of the lifestream blog is troubling me a little. It feels like we are posting for the sake of posting rather than because we have something genuine to share. It goes against my digital footprint ethos.

TWEET! – BBC news item on legal status of robots

In the same week that we read about Googles A.I. learning, there are news stories about Google developing a kill switch for rogue A.I.s

This is the first time I have genuinely felt the dystopia of Sci-Fi, genuinely.

TWEET! – being wowed by tech

I shared an article earlier about how Google’s A.I. has been learning, my thoughts on Google translate started here. An auto-translation on my phone allowed me to take part in a conversation on facebook with Dirk and his friends in Germany, it was about glitter, but I found this quite exhilarating that tech could now allow us to interact in this way so easily. Tech really is becoming commonplace. So why are we seeing it banned in our classrooms or at best locked down to the degree that it’s useless?

TWEET! – Skynet anyone?

A.I. always has the ability to make us a little nervous, it’s fine chatting about teacher bot and the possibility of some sort of bot for teaching as it all seems like pie in the sky but when this news story came out saying that Google’s A.I. for its translation app was learning… goosebumps.

Is someone keeping an eye on teacherbot?