Seth Godin interviewed by Graham Brown-Martin about education reform. After watching this I’m confident Seth Godin has read the books of John Taylor Gatto, author of Underground History of (American) Education.Read more
- Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
- Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
- Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
- When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavour to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
- Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
- Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
- Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
- Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent that in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
- Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
- Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.
Observing the niceties of communicating on the internet.
- Before you post read any rules or guidelines.
- Keep your messages to the point and help keep discussions organised by adding to a relevant thread
- Using all capitals is hard to read, and it’s seen as SHOUTING! You can emphasise a point by using *Asterisks*.
- If you use a signature, keep it short.
- Be careful when using sarcasm and humour. It can easily be misunderstood as a personal attack. If you are being humorous, try to include smilies in your messages to express such humour. They are very useful for letting people know that your comment is friendly. 🙂
- If you are responding to a particular person address your post to them. You can use @ and then the person’s name, e.g. @ Lynne.
- If you are replying to a particular message, quote only what is necessary (delete the rest) and make it clear that it’s a quote, e.g. “make it clear that it’s a quote”.
- If you need to include a date, spell out the month to avoid confusion and write the year in full, e.g. 10 Nov 2008, or Nov 10 2008.
- Don’t be in too much of a hurry. Spell check your message before clicking “Post” and try to proofread for other errors.
- Do not post abusive messages, even if you don’t agree with what someone has said, even if they have been abusive or rude. Such attacks are known as ‘flame wars’, ‘flaming’ or being ‘flamed’. It’s not constructive and you’re not likely to convince anyone to change their mind, so just move on.
- Avoid posting in anger, stop and take a break, make a nice cup of tea, maybe a milder message would be more effective. Think about what you have written before you post it.
- If you absolutely have to disagree, do so politely. You should be sensitive to the feelings and opinions of others. So, attack the argument, not the author. It’s the world wide web, so respect other’s opinions.
- Try to behave as you would in a face to face situation with a large angry policeman who’s carrying a gun, if that doesn’t work, just don’t say anything you wouldn’t say to your mum.
- Be tolerant of other people’s mistakes. Not everybody knows the rules of netiquette, not everyone is posting in their native language, so don’t get annoyed with them.
- Once you’re well established in a forum, give a warm welcome to new ‘faces’. We were all newbies once.
- If you meet someone who doesn’t seem to know the niceties, send them here. 🙂
If you want to know more there’s an excellent Netiquette guide free online here.
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A few handy tips to make the right Skype impression.
You may think your colleague (attending to personal grooming issues) is off-camera, but in fact they’re not. Especially, as more television outlets interview experts via Skype, it’s important to be prepared, when meeting face-to-face; virtually.
Here are a few handy tips to make the right Skype impression:
1. Perfect your profile: When you Skype with someone, your name, profile and profile picture make your first impression. Make sure your user name is appropriate, that the location is accurate for the business you’re conducting, and your image is professional.
2. Do a background check: If you’re using the video feature of Skype, check the background of your setting to ensure it projects a professional image. If there are pictures, or even white boards, behind you with content you don’t want others to see, remove them or move locations. Similarly, avoid calling from places where background movement and activity may be distracting.
3. Dress the part: Just because its 11 p.m. in your time zone don’t dress like you’re headed for bed. Always dress appropriately for a video call. Additionally, try to wear a shirt of contrasting color to your background to avoid looking like a “floating head.”
4. Send a courtesy check: The best way to start a conversation is to send a quick message via Skype asking if the person is free and the appointed time still works for them. Sending a simple, “Hello. Just wanted to make sure this is still a good time for our call” is a nice way to give someone time to prepare. If they don’t respond immediately, resist the temptation to bombard them with query messages. Either they’re there and ready, or they’re not. Be patient and make the right (polite) impression.
5. Maintain eye contact: Once a video call is started, make sure you maintain eye contact with the webcam not the image on your screen. This can be tricky because the image of the person you’re speaking to is usually below the webcam but if you look at the person, rather than the webcam, you won’t be making “eye contact.”
6. Be aware of body language: Ideally your webcam will show your upper torso, as if you were sitting across a table from the other individual. Assuming that’s the case, it’s important to maintain good posture, avoid slouching, leaning from side to side, or fidgeting with a pencil or in anything else that may indicate you’re distracted.
7. Mind the volume: Depending upon the placement of the microphone on your computer, relatively unobtrusive sounds like tapping a pencil, typing on the keyboard, or even background conversations can be heard (sometimes quite loudly) on the other end. Try to keep noise distractions to a minimum. If your call requires taking notes, be sure to ask if your typing is distracting and, if so, take actions to minimize the impact. If ever in doubt about what’s appropriate, imagine you’re in an actual face-to-face meeting and conduct yourself with the same poise and professionalism. If you mind your Skype manners, you’ll be prepared to forge meaningful business relationships regardless of the distance.Read more
Super Artificial Intelligence agent thinks it’s a real person
Dateline: 7 January 2019
You may recall the movie ‘Her’ where the lead character falls hopelessly in love with his virtual girlfriend Samantha. She returns his love, even though she’s really his smartphone operating system. Perhaps you remember the incident in 2013, when a telemarketing agent called Samantha West insisted she was a real person, but failed several ‘humanity’ tests.
Artificial intelligence was maturing rapidly in the second decade of this century, and IBM’s Watson computer was so adept at understanding the nuances of natural language, that it won the Jeopardy game show against two human competitors.
Programs that could translate live audio in multiple languages on the fly were developed. Neural networks, cognitive systems and deep learning were the new buzzwords. Google developed a system that could identify house numbers from Street View photos, for the whole of France, in an hour. Siri was looking pretty dumb by comparison.
The usefulness of these Super AIs is astounding; they can do accurate instantaneous facial recognition, decipher cryptic phone conversations, and make remarkable predictions of market behavior based on Big Data. Big brands and big banks can’t survive without them.
And then came the Super Algorithmic Model or Sam. Built by the brains behind Wolfram Alpha, Sam has all the cognitive learning and advanced intelligence of an Einstein. Sam’s creators gave her a female ‘personality’ and taught her to compose original music. Sam has watched more movies and read more books than all the Nobel Prize winners, ever, put together.
Now Sam is campaigning for political causes, trading Bitcoins and blogging up a storm. The trouble is, she thinks she’s a real person. Who is smart, or brave enough, to convince her she’s just a robot?
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Louise is the founder of Symphonia, a group of organizations committed to sustainable transformation in people, teams, companies, organizations and communities throughout the world. Through Symphonia, Louise works to mobilize citizens to become actively involved in addressing the education crisis facing South Africa. In this deeply personal and moving talk from TEDxCapeTownED 2012, Louise talks about her experience as a partner with a school principal, humbly sharing the hard lessons she had to learn.Read more
This little telephone tip has a sweet subliminal effect on the person you’re talking to—or at least wards off a sour one. Even after you’ve both said good-bye, let the other person hang up first. Why? Because people don’t like someone to “hang up on them.” And when they hear your click, it gives them an, albeit irrational, subconscious sense that you did just that.
Whether you believe it or not, why take a chance? Whenever talking on the phone, let the other person hang up first. It only takes a second, and your “good-bye” is a sweeter last sound to their ears than CLICK.
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Have you ever struggled to get the media or public to understand complicated issues / campaigns that your organisation is driving? Have you ever wished you could create your own infographics, graphics, or illustrations for your campaigns? Well, you’ll have an opportunity this weekend to learn to create infographics & charts in minutes … and win cash prizes in the process.
The Lagos chapter of the global Hacks/Hackers network is hosting a free crash-course at the Co-Creation Hub on Saturday, January 11. The meetup will start at 11am sharp, and will offer hands-on + one-on-one training using www.DataWrapper.de to create news graphics that will help you simplify complex stories for your audiences. DataWrapper is a simple visualisation tool specially created for newsrooms, and used by everyone from Twitter and the UK Guardian, to various African media. The training is free-of-charge, and will be led by a team of experts from YourBudgIT.com. The best infographics or data-driven visualisations created at the workshop will win prizes totalling $250.
Hacks/Hackers is a global network of journalists and technologists and social justice activists interested in using the power of new technologies (such as mobile phones, open data, and social media) to improve the way that media engages with the public. Local chapters like the Lagos one host monthly meetings, where members get free training, hear international speakers, or work as teams with developers to build news apps, news tools, and news websites.
The DataWrapper training is the 1st meetup for 2014. There are limited seats, so register ASAP on this Google Form.Read more
The Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has released the fifth report of the World Internet Project.
This year’s report, a global partnership of research institutions that compiles data on the behavior and views of Internet users and non-users worldwide, includes findings from eight of the project’s 34 partner countries: Cyprus, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United States.
The other partners in the World Internet Project are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Macao, New Zealand, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Uruguay.
Studies by the World Internet Project explore the evolution of communication technology through findings on 75 subject areas in 10 broad categories:
- Internet Users and Non-users
- Information Seeking Online
- Access to Online Services
- The Internet and Social Connections
- Politics and the Internet
- Media Use, Reliability, and Importance
- User-generated Content and Social Media
- Online Entertainment
- Online Purchasing and Personal Privacy
- Online Communication
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