For the most part this blog seems to consist of things that I am curious about and here I go again. I wonder how close we will be coming to the dreaded Skynet/Matrix scenario where the machines will be able to predict what we want to know/search about before we do.
During his talk at Tech Crunch Disrupt Eric Schmidt talked about his thoughts on a Utopian future where “It’s a future where you don’t forget anything…In this new future you’re never lost…We will know your position down to the foot and down to the inch over time…Your car will drive itself, it’s a bug that cars were invented before computers…you’re never lonely…you’re never bored…you’re never out of ideas.”
With Augmented reality becoming more and more prevalent there are huge implications for educators. Students will no longer need to ask about sites at locations. When my family was in PEI this summer we used GPS units which took us on a self guided tour. But in comparison what is becoming normal only a month later people are able to use Google Maps on their Android phones for walking navigation or the upcoming Microsoft Street Slide which brings the concept along farther (I realize that some of the same functionality resides in Layar).
But all of these services allow us and our students to stop relying on our memories to retain knowledge all of the information we need for our current context is at our finger tips. The changes that are currently happening seem like they will be creating as many challenges for our lives as educators as they will be providing opportunities for learning.