Monthly Archives: January 2017

Tweet! Robots and Drones take over classrooms

This article is more about teaching students to program robots and drones in the classroom rather than robots doing the teaching, but that’s not far off (thinking of Teacherbot). The increasing number of news items on AI, robots, technology in medicine … makes me think that time has speeded up again and what it means to be human is getting unstoppably enmeshed with tech. We have to keep vigilant and track where power and interest and ethics lie.

The description of UTCs (university technical colleges) in the item made me think, what about the kids who don’t get programming?

Podcast! The revolution has already happened

The revolution has already happened

Bill Thompson says

we are now in a post-digital era where talking about things digital stops being as useful because there is nothing that is not touched by electronics …

This show was recorded INSIDE BBC Broadcasting House in Central London interviewing the amazing Bill Thompson for a second time. We talk about digital transformation, digital rights, security of data and reputation. Recorded live on the studio floor of the BBC Science team responsible for BBC Click. (text from SoundCloud via ifttt)

Podcast here!

I enjoy listening to Bill Thompson’s commentary on the BBC Click podcast. It’s something I do regularly to help keep up to speed on technological advances.


This tweet via ifttt requires celebration because I’ve finally got tweets to appear as I want them to. Whilst wandering through the ifttt applets, I had various reactions to individual recipes. Some of them could be really insecure if the hardware they employed wasn’t sufficiently locked down, and some, like the one above, made me feel slightly uncomfortable. Although it would be great to get up to freshly-brewed coffee, I would prefer to be the person who switched the machine on rather than delegating agency to another piece of software. There’s something strange about a machine knowing my consciousness was emerging from sleep.


Liked on YouTube: VODER (1939) – Early Speech Synthesizer

VODER (1939) – Early Speech Synthesizer
Considered the first electrical speech synthesizer, VODER (Voice Operation DEmonstratoR) was developed by Homer Dudley at Bell Labs and demonstrated at both the 1939 New York World’s Fair and the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition. Difficult to use and difficult to operate, VODER nonetheless paved the way for future machine-generated speech.
via YouTube

I linked to this YouTube clip as an interesting example of early digital culture – a precursor to Siri and Alexa.Voder was demonstrated in 1939, a fact which plays mind-tricks, showing both how fast technology has progressed this century but also emphasising that it hasn’t caught us unaware either. In many areas, issues of governance, security, digital rights and openness (to name only a few) are playing catch-up.

Tweet! A great resource from @audreywatters The Week in Robots #mscedc


Whenever I think of Audrey Watters I picture her lifting a corner of the carpet to see what has been hidden underneath. We should all take a look!

Find her blog Hack Education on “the history of the future of Education Technology”: