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10 years ago
Last week, I attended the New York Tech Meetup at NYU's Skirball center. Clay Shirky, who teaches at NYU's ITP program, gave a five minute talk explaining the idea of Cognitive Surplus. Click here to watch a video of the talk. The basic idea is that companies are benefiting from providing ...
10 years ago
I recently read this article entitled "The Coming of the Terabyters" about the next phase of the information explosion. I immediately thought of all the media projects that we do here at the EdLab - if you include our video and audio streams I bet that even if no one produces a terabyte of information in a day, some of you are in the multi-Gigabyte range. I noticed that they referenced Neil Stephenson's Snow Crash, which is pretty good book that I read in high school. The author of the article uses the book to describe a future job of...
10 years ago
I'm going to be attending an "NY Tech Meetup" meeting this evening featuring speaker Clay Shirky. He's the author of "Here Comes Everybody" as well as the new book "Cognitive Surplus". He explains the idea behind the cognitive surplus below in a TED video that has been making the rounds on the internet as of late. I haven't looked too deeply into this concept, but I'm struggling to find a difference between this and the open-source/wikipedia model that's been around for a decade. I think maybe the examples we're finding now are much more diverse than before which is what makes this talk in...
10 years ago
It turns out that the MTA recently had to cut back on a few subway lines (I hear the V train is out), and you may have seen some of the new subway maps being posted around the city. Here's an interesting interactive application from the New York Times that shows us the evolution of the New York City subway map from the late 1960s to today.
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10 years ago
Check out this flash application called Scale of the Universe posted at NewGrounds earlier this year. The slider moves on an exponential scale - every circle that you pass on the slider (which are equally distant) represents an increase in length by a factor of 1000. This is a great tool for getting a sense of the relative sizes of the objects we talk about in physics, biology, and geography.
10 years ago
An article surfaced today highlighting one of the companies working on technology for a direct brain-computer interface: This is a video of them from back in 2007:
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10 years ago
In one of our Critter discussions, we were talking about web technology being used in ways other than originally intended. This got me thinking about how a website that I developed back in 2006/2007, Stickymap, was used for an educational lesson in a third grade classroom in Verona, Wisconsin. Stickymap was originally intended to be a bullentin board of geographically-based discussions. To learn about goods and services, each student reported on a business in town. They also placed that business on a map, and that's where my tool came in. They created a
10 years ago
My professor at NYU sent out this New York Times article to us over the weekend as a way to illustrate a misplaced incentive system (this was the subject of Thursday's class). I want to share it here because I think it's a shame that this kind of fraud occurs in our education system, and I think that it's an important thing to think about when designing educational products, even if they're not test-related. I am convinced that th...
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10 years ago
Hi everyone, this is my first week at EdLab and my first blog post. I've spent a little bit of time looking at Critter and trying to get a perspective on what it does from an outsider's point of view. I think that Critter can be applied to a wide variety of projects, and I hope that we can come up with a slogan that evokes these uses and personalizes it for someone being introduced to Critter for the first time. As opposed to existing video systems, Critters helps manage the noise of free-for-all text posts. On Critter, you can effectively annotate a video and have a valuable discussion...