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Slides from this morning's MACTA presentation

From this morning’s MACTA keynote address: Co-constructing Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century

Career and Technical Education is poised at the inflection point of a technological and social change process identified as the “J” Curve. Just like the letter J, the “J” Curve describes a sharp upward turn in the exponentially accelerating rate of change. The effects of the “J” Curve will be felt -indeed, are already being felt- by every institution, company, government, and school in all societies. This presentation centers on the leadership that can be exerted by Career and Technical Education in the context of the “J” Curve’s increasing impacts.

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MIT Media Lab H2.0 webcasts online

Archived webcasts from the MIT Media Lab H2.0 symposium are available online. Under a theme of “new minds, new bodies, new identities,” the one-day event explored, “how today’s—and tomorrow’s—advances will seamlessly interact with humans, giving us a glimpse into a future where all humans will integrate with technology to heighten our cognition, emotional acuity, perception, and physical capabilities.”

Discussions from the morning session include:

  • Deb Roy, “Memory Augmentation: Extending our Sense of Self”
  • Rosalind W. Picard, “Technology-Sense and People-Sensibility”
  • Cynthia Breazeal, “The Next Best Thing to Being There. Increasing the Emotional Bandwidth of Mediated Communication Using Robotic Avatars”
  • Douglas H. Smith, “The Brain is the Client: Designing a Back Door into the Nervous System”
  • John Donoghue, “New Successes in Direct Brain/Neural Interface Design”

…and from the afternoon:

  • Hugh Herr, “New Horizons in Orthotics and Prosthetics: Merging Bodies and Machines”
  • Tod Machover, “Enabling Expression: Music as Ultimate Human Interface”

Edge: What do you believe is true, but cannot prove?

Article link: What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?

The Edge Foundation posted an article containing the responses of leading thinkers who were asked: “what do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?” They note there is a focus on individuals’ consciousness of certainty in the responses and of new context creation by stretching the limits of science and technology. The editor hints (and I agree) that continuous, new context creation will perpetually redefine who and what we are as a society, culture, and -perhaps- as a species.