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“The DNA of today’s corporate structures is a century old, by and large, and like a tree trunk grown around an old bicycle, company cultures have slowly assimilated external societal changes without really changing. Part of this is specifically about technology and its role in propping up old, cascading hierarchies and other artefacts of ‘traditional’ corporate life. Far from realising the hopes and dreams of cybernetics, the centralised, command-and-control approach taken by the majority of IT functions in large firms has, if anything, reinforced the impersonal, process- and politics-based culture of large firms. But partly, of course, this is just a matter of time and patience. Email has been around in companies for over 30 years, and yet so many people even today struggle to use it properly. Perhaps social tools need the same amount of time to become so normal that they are effectively invisible.”
"…I think we under-estimated the sheer level of inertia and resistance to change that exists in many companies. So much waste of human talent remains in the way that companies continue to operate, that we cannot claim to have succeeded.”
Drones + Wine: how developers at 3D Robotics are working with farmers to harvest grapes
Developers at 3D Robotics went to Kunde Family Vineyards, a family-owned vineyard, to test a project that could revolutionize agriculture by providing farmers with on-demand aerial images of their land.
Full Story: SUAS News
“Children aged from 5-11 have so much potential for learning about algorithms and computation that it would be a shame to wait until they are teenagers before we teach them the foundations.” (source: http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/09/ap_code/)
This is true not only for coding. It is time to re-think education in a more personalized way: we now have the tools to follow-up the learning of each learner and adapt it to match the pace and interests of each one. Mass education is a waste of time and a loss of opportunities for everyone included the educators.
A sorting game devised by computer scientist J. Paul Gibson to teach the concept of algorithms to children.
At what age do you think children could experience coding?
Small cubes that self-assemble (by MITNewsOffice)
“People tend to think that scientific progress is all about discovering new facts and raising the boundaries of human knowledge, but it’s equally about discovering new ways to understand and explain things we already know. It’s about turning the previously hard things into child’s play. That’s the other half of progress.”
“People ask: “How do you teach problem-solving skills?” Well, what do you think programmers do
all day? They solve problems. They figure out novel ways to fix things. ”
Is school enough? Is learning about knowledge or know how?
More in http://syntopia.github.io/Fragmentarium/
thx to @benbois
Recently IBM asked me to participate in a series of interviews for their Think Marketing Program. I was in pretty good company: Twitter co-founder Biz S
Digital world is “more collaborative, more welcoming, and more sharing. It actually encouraged me to not be afraid of something new and to ask for help if I needed it, even though historically I was the person who other people came to for help.”
Google unleashes Coder for Raspberry Pi as kid-friendly tool -