Assemblages vs. Cyborgs

What appeals to me about this “Technology in Education: A Future Classroom” video is that the socio-materiality of the classroom is more of utopian, yet feasible assemblages than the dystopian, cyborg perspectives that we have been sharing in this course so far.
I think it is interesting that the primary technology is glass (silicon-based) vs. the cyborg materials of metal, tubes, pipes and wires. I also appreciate the harmonious ‘coupling’ of the human (e.g. students; foregrounded teachers) and technology. The learning environment is fluid, dynamic, organic, tactile, creative and collaborative.

"At what age can we expect him to understand digital technology?"

AN UNCANNY MANIFESTO

“The human essence is freedom from the will of others, and freedom is a function of possession.” C.B. Macpherson, The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1962), p.3.

I find myself still somewhere deep in the “uncanny valley,” staring at “uncanny,” too human-like dystopian objects, struggling to get out of the YouTubian reality of weirdness. Perhaps reading, remember reading? might transport me back to a more comforting pre-digital, pre-cyberculture reality, when turning the page brought pleasure, adventure and history. Instead of being mesmerized by a visually over-stimulating and perpetually distracting screen full of choices taking me aimlessly down ever more time-wasting paths, maybe some academic reading would provide a temporary cure.

Instead, Johnathan Sterne in “Historiography of Cyberculture” enjoins his reader to engage in an “epistemic break” … “if scholars do not make an ‘epsitemic break’ with the existing ways of defining a problem, they risk importing unwanted and unexamined institutional and personal biases into their work.” (Sterne, p. 24).

I must begin to define my object of study and choose the method with which to approach it. “Our job is to invent and not to repeat.”
(Sterne, p. 25)

PURPOSE STATEMENT

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This blog is dedicated to developing my own personal digital literacy competencies and understanding of education and digital culture, and to share information with other like-minded sentient beings in order to collectively prepare for the complexities of the ‘digital age’ and to influence a positive future vision for humanity that uses the power of digital technologies wisely.

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Published on Jan 20, 2015

One hundred humanoid robots perform a synchronised dance routine in Tokyo on Monday. Each of the one hundred ‘Robi’ robots weighs just 1 kg (2.2 pounds) and stands 35 centimetres (1.1 foot) tall. The ‘100 Robi’ project was the brain child of Tomotaka Takahashi of Tokyo University. The synchronised dance lasted three minutes and went off without a hitch.

Week Two Lifestream Blog – “Embed Code Not Available”

Already Week Two and I am still trying to catch up. Things were just not ‘clicking’ for me during Week One. I enrolled late for this course, so I was thrust into an immediate uphill climb during the first few days which propelled me into a steep learning curve.

Although I initially got set up on WorldPress blog site and IFTTT, my main problem has been that the ’embed code’ for the IFTTT recipe was not properly configured.  As a result, my Tweets were not transferring the Lifestream blog.  My problem seemed to have something to do with the fact that the “embed code is not available.” I’ve Googled the problem, re-activated my IFTTT recipes, but he more I tried to troubleshoot these problem areas, it seemed the worse trouble I got into. By mid-week, I succumbed to what Amber Case calls the “panic architecture” of feeling left behind. As I mention below, I also fully understand Case’s observations of feeling like an ‘adolescent,’ coming to grips with my own awkwardness in this course.

It has been helpful to review the blogs and tweets of peers to understand ‘what right looks like.’ But I am still fumbling to get the mechanics properly place so that I can engage more actively and coherently.  I’m still in ‘myth of Sisyphus’ mode here at the beginning of Week Two, but earnestly trying to pull it together.

Education and Digital Culture 2015 Course Lifestream Blog