Learning from Games

Just happened to scan a book called ‘Web 2.0, new tools, new schools’ and came across a piece called ‘Learning from Games’ by David Warlick. Some thoughts:

“Video games, IM, social networks and SMS are far more responsive to youngsters’ input than anything from my childhood. These responsive information landscapes, where children play, are intensely instructional. The are learning engines”

“There is a sense in most video games that an answer to the question or solution to the problem is always there. It is simply a matter of finding or reasoning through the answer or solution. A classroom should work the same way, with a ubiquitous sense that the answer is always close by; that it merely means turning over the right stone, and finding that stone is a matter of logic and prior knowledge.”

Is it time for our view of learning to evolve?

The Future is Anime

matrix
Marc Andressen’s claim that “software is eating the world” was bold and visionary in 2011. Like a prophetic claim, in the short time since, there are signs that we have made progress in building this matrix like version of the future.

 

Amazon‘s robotic warehouses can scale to a point where they can one day become the distribution / sales / marketing point for all goods (real or virtual).
Take Uber add self driving robot cars, and we have the promise of an ultra efficient Minority Report style transport system. Online payment systems transfer value in terms of bits and bytes and will probably break free of their ties to historic value systems. One day, an entrepreneur will create a mashup of digital 3d printing and molecular technology giving us control over form and substance. Facebook has already codified our social interactions as algorithm.

 

So if this is true, if everything will be software, whats the future going to be like?

 

If we believe things will become increasingly codified, then everything will essentially become part of the system. A  Utopian metropolis. So who will be the free thinkers of this age? They will be the Neo and Sgt Makoto’s of anime. The free thinkers of the future will be hackers, heros in an immersive real life video game where theirs is the only free will.

 

Tricks and Pixel Resolution

Is there a relationship between spinning tricks and digital resolution.. 720p, 1080p? Are the multiples indirectly related to the degrees in a circle?

Did a quick search and my best thoery is – The Degree results in nice viewing proportions for our TV screens.

Authenticity

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately.
You can’t have it without love.
Cos when the love fades, so does the energy to go on.  The motions blur and the dance dissolves. But when there is love. There is a relaxed energy in your actions. Fads and trends may come and go, what’s in what’s out chasing one another. But authentic keeps on flowing like it always has and always will.

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire.  In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering.  As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”
~Bruce Lee

Idle Time

Nice view from a different perspective

Sometimes idle time can be mean progress.
It makes you sit out and observe from a different perspective.
And you just might see things you never realised before.
Family time.. walking up the coast.
Had a great surf the day before.. and the waves today looked just as good today.
There will always be more waves.
From this angle.. you can see where the reef is, and where to sit.

Probability and why you shouldn't ever be normal.

The normal curve..

I still remember the day in class when I “got it”.
It was in maths, and it was the normal curve.

Our teacher, his exact desription escapes me now, but I can bet he was wearing those long socks rolled up the knees with khaki shorts, a trend amongst teachers in the days, drew a hump shaped curve on the board, and marked out 3 regions.

The biggest region in the middle he marked “normal”. “Normal” wasn’t a fact or a truth.. It wasn’t even real. The definition of normal was just what was 68% most likely to occur. Or as applied to life, what 68% of people believed in.

And just like that, my whole world changed.

To the highschool trouble maker, this was a revelation. All this time parents had urged you to “be normal” yet wanted you to excel in your studies, be ahead of the normal curve.
Impossible. The only way to be a high scorer, by definition was not to be normal.

This was it, the card up my sleeve which opened the door.
And from then on.. things couldn’t ever be normal again.