Tech Talk Roundtable 65 | Sorry Dave, I Can’t Let You Do That

ChrisJamie and Michael discuss the articles of the week and share their edtech tips.

Articles of the Week


  1. how emotions help you learn
    Annie Murphy Paul hits another home run as she illustrates the link between emotional connection and self-talk with learning.
  2. When it comes to Apple, I’m a pretty trusting guy. I trust that Apple will protect my data the best that it can. I trust that Apple will continue to release new iPhones, iPads, and Macs every year. I trust that the company won’t suddenly turn into an evil conglomerate bent on world destruction. But in day-to-day practical terms, there are several important ways in which I don’t trust Apple. Given how much I rely on the company, that’s a problem.
  3. “The practical effects of my decision to allow technology use in class grew worse over time,” writes Clay Shirky in explaining why he’s decided to ban laptops, smartphones, and tablets from the classes he teaches at NYU. “The level of distraction in my classes seemed to grow, even though it was the same professor and largely the same set of topics, taught to a group of students selected using roughly the same criteria every year. The change seemed to correlate more with the rising ubiquity and utility of the devices themselves, rather than any change in me, the students, or the rest of the classroom encounter.”
  4. Now a small team of engineers at a stealth startup called Viv Labs claims to be on the verge of realizing an advanced form of AI that removes those limitations. Whereas Siri can only perform tasks that Apple engineers explicitly implement, this new program, they say, will be able to teach itself, giving it almost limitless capabilities. In time, they assert, their creation will be able to use your personal preferences and a near-infinite web of connections to answer almost any query and perform almost any function.


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