“Intelligent Education” or the Panopticon?

Terrifying article on Sixthtone.com about the use of “intelligent education” technology being developed in Chinese classrooms. The Chinese government is actively promoting an extensive AI programme, the Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan (NGAIDP), spending $150 billion to incorporate AI into every aspect of Chinese society. The article presents accounts…

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“Learning” and “Path-following”

I’m reading Robert Macfarlane’s wonderful The Old Ways. Early on he connects learning and path-following: The relationship between thinking and walking is also grained deep into language history, illuminated by perhaps the most wonderful etymology I know. The trail begins with our verb to learn, meaning ‘to acquire knowledge’. Moving…

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Music: No Pussyfooting by Fripp & ENO

It’s 45 years ago that the musicians Robert Fripp and Brian Eno recorded the material which became the album, No Pussyfooting. It’s an album I picked up in the late 1980s/early 90s and still listen to from time to time whenever I’m having an ambient phase. I’m sure I got…

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    Lysander bought me these number 1s for my birthday. Only reprints but… wow… it’s great to be able to read issues like this in a form close to the original. Wouldn’t it be great if for Marvel’s anniversary in November 2021 they began single issue reprints of their original runs of FF, Hulk, Spider-man etc? Surely there’s enough nostalgic comic buyers?
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    So far pretty impressed with the Rocketbook Everlast. Works faultlessly and is a neat meetingpoint between analogue and digital note-taking. I already use Frixion pens so it really compliments how I already create and store my notes. Lots of sensible thinking gone into its design and function. Great work, @getrocketbook!
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    Got a copy of Marvel Comics #1 80th Anniversary Edition today. It’s an (almost) perfect celebration of the first Goodman comic. The additional 100+ pages of material in the back is wonderful! My only minor criticism is (as usual) the modern digital recolouring. It’s just not quite right. This is a volume that any lover of old comics and #Marvel should definitely pick up!
  • The Little Book That Lost It’s Author - fascinating (or worrying) piece about the development of creativity in thinking machines. “Computational Creativity” or “Humanity Gap”? Hmmmm…
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    Absolutely loved the 2nd issue of The Vigilant. This needs to be at least a bi-monthly. Superb revival of old British superheroes. @britcomics

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