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Aaron Davis

Facebook's war on free will | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

  • Though Facebook will occasionally talk about the transparency of governments and corporations, what it really wants to advance is the transparency of individuals – or what it has called, at various moments, “radical transparency” or “ultimate transparency”. The theory holds that the sunshine of sharing our intimate details will disinfect the moral mess of our lives. With the looming threat that our embarrassing information will be broadcast, we’ll behave better. And perhaps the ubiquity of incriminating photos and damning revelations will prod us to become more tolerant of one another’s sins. “The days of you having a different image for your work friends or co-workers and for the other people you know are probably coming to an end pretty quickly,” Zuckerberg has said. “Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity.”
  • The essence of the algorithm is entirely uncomplicated. The textbooks compare them to recipes – a series of precise steps that can be followed mindlessly. This is different from equations, which have one correct result. Algorithms merely capture the process for solving a problem and say nothing about where those steps ultimately lead.
  • For the first decades of computing, the term “algorithm” wasn’t much mentioned. But as computer science departments began sprouting across campuses in the 60s, the term acquired a new cachet. Its vogue was the product of status anxiety. Programmers, especially in the academy, were anxious to show that they weren’t mere technicians. They began to describe their work as algorithmic, in part because it tied them to one of the greatest of all mathematicians – the Persian polymath Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, or as he was known in Latin, Algoritmi. During the 12th century, translations of al-Khwarizmi introduced Arabic numerals to the west; his treatises pioneered algebra and trigonometry. By describing the algorithm as the fundamental element of programming, the computer scientists were attaching themselves to a grand history. It was a savvy piece of name-dropping: See, we’re not arriviste, we’re working with abstractions and theories, just like the mathematicians!
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  • The algorithm may be the essence of computer science – but it’s not precisely a scientific concept. An algorithm is a system, like plumbing or a military chain of command. It takes knowhow, calculation and creativity to make a system work properly. But some systems, like some armies, are much more reliable than others. A system is a human artefact, not a mathematical truism. The origins of the algorithm are unmistakably human, but human fallibility isn’t a quality that we associate with it.
  • Nobody better articulates the modern faith in engineering’s power to transform society than Zuckerberg. He told a group of software developers, “You know, I’m an engineer, and I think a key part of the engineering mindset is this hope and this belief that you can take any system that’s out there and make it much, much better than it is today. Anything, whether it’s hardware or software, a company, a developer ecosystem – you can take anything and make it much, much better.” The world will improve, if only Zuckerberg’s reason can prevail – and it will.
  • Data, like victims of torture, tells its interrogator what it wants to hear.
  • Very soon, they will guide self-driving cars and pinpoint cancers growing in our innards. But to do all these things, algorithms are constantly taking our measure. They make decisions about us and on our behalf. The problem is that when we outsource thinking to machines, we are really outsourcing thinking to the organisations that run the machines.
  • The engineering mindset has little patience for the fetishisation of words and images, for the mystique of art, for moral complexity or emotional expression. It views humans as data, components of systems, abstractions. That’s why Facebook has so few qualms about performing rampant experiments on its users. The whole effort is to make human beings predictable – to anticipate their behaviour, which makes them easier to manipulate. With this sort of cold-blooded thinking, so divorced from the contingency and mystery of human life, it’s easy to see how long-standing values begin to seem like an annoyance – why a concept such as privacy would carry so little weight in the engineer’s calculus, why the inefficiencies of publishing and journalism seem so imminently disruptable
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Ian Guest

Literacy from Scratch - 7 views

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    ""Literacy from Scratch" is a response to the United Kingdom (UK) government's initiative to develop computer programming skills in both the Primary phase of education (pupils aged 5 to 11) and the Secondary phase (aged 11 to 18). Explore the website to find out how postgraduate students from London and Prague and schools in the UK and the Czech Republic have risen to this challenge. The site also contains a variety of pupil work using IT in cross-curricular sessions in the UK and other countries, including Stories for Children, and the STAR (Science Through Arts) project."
John Pearce

The birth of the Internet in the UK - YouTube - 1 views

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    "A conversation between four of the early pioneers describing how they brought the Internet to the UK.  This was filmed on 1st July at Google, as part of an event celebrating the UK's computing heritage. Speakers include Roger Scantlebury and Peter Wilkinson, who worked at the National Physical Laboratory and helped develop the NPL network, the first internet like thing in the UK. They were joined by Peter Kirstein, then from UCL and Vint Cerf, at that time at UCLA/Stanford/DARPA. As well as describing what they did, context is given to the NPL's role and to the political and bureaucratic challenges at the time."
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http://www.nesta.org.uk/library/documents/DecodingLearningReport.pdf - 1 views

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    "this report seeks to analyse the use of technologies for learning around the world and draw out lessons for innovation in the uK education systems."
Ian Guest

Jisc TechDis - 2 views

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    "Jisc TechDis is... a leading UK advisory service on technologies for inclusion. We explore and promote inclusive practices, resources and advice for learning and teaching in UK higher education, further education & skills, and independent and specialist colleges."
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Teachers speak out - the full results of the Guardian Teacher Network survey | Teacher ... - 3 views

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John Pearce

Ofcom | UK children's media literacy - 2 views

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    This report is designed to give an accessible overview of media literacy among UK children and young people aged 5-15 and their parents/ carers (-1-). The purpose of this report is to support people working in this area to develop and promote media literacy among these groups. This report is the third full report since our survey began in 2005. It is therefore able to show trends over time for many of the questions asked. Due to different survey periods and focus, some comparisons are made with 2005 and 2007 data, and others with 2007 and 2008, and change over time is highlighted against either 2007 or 2008 accordingly.
John Pearce

BBC News - Publisher Pearson launches UK degree course - 0 views

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    "Pearson, the major international publisher and education firm, is to become a for-profit private higher education provider in the UK. The firm is opening Pearson College, teaching a degree course validated by existing London universities. The business and enterprise degree, taught in London and Manchester, will have about 40 places this year. The college says it will be for "students who are serious about succeeding in business". Pearson says this will be the first time a FTSE 100 company has directly delivered a degree course."
John Pearce

Google Apps now in a third of UK colleges and universities - ComputerworldUK.com - 1 views

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    "Google revealed today that a third of UK colleges and universities are using Google Apps for Education. The company's customers include the University of York, the University of Sheffield, the University of St Andrews, Bristol University, Ealing Hammersmith & West London College and Coleg Cambria, to name but a few. "
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BBC News - Technology in schools: Is the clock being turned back? - 6 views

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    UK policy direction: "Is the government's attitude to computer technology in schools taking us back to a "dark age" of chalk-and-talk?"
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Ian Guest

UK Central Government and Local Authority Public Spending 2013 - Pie Charts Tables - 2 views

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    "It's more than the numbers. Create CHARTS of public spending time series. Look at TABLES of spending year-by-year for central government and local authorities. "
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    May not have appeal beyond the UK, as that's where the data is from. Available for other countries too?
John Pearce

Creativity Portal - 3 views

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    This fascinating curated space from the UK provides a range of content around the topic of creativity. You can "Tailor your experience and have local creative partners, and content recommended by similar users, brought to the top. You can also recommend content and shape the Portal for others."
Ian Guest

U.K. National Grid status - 0 views

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    (Almost) Real-time graphical data on electricity generation in the UK
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    Interesting to read the 'Info' page to see how databases and programming can work together to generate a visually powerful set of information
Ian Guest

Podcast directory for educators, schools and colleges - 4 views

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    "Welcome to educators, parents and carers everywhere. This is the first and best UK directory to locate quality podcasts from over 250 carefully selected podcast channels for educational use - ideal for teaching and learning activities with children, young people and educational professionals."
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Job Vacancies in United Kingdom: Jobs for Fresher in Uk - 0 views

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    Collectively the nation's biggest companies added 4.2% more net jobs globally in 2012, based on S&P Capital IQ's analysis of the 437 companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 that reported employee statistics. That's an increase of 733,619 jobs.
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Geograph Britain and Ireland - photograph every grid square! - 0 views

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