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Comment My suggestion (Score 1) 194

Nationalize all the commercial telecoms. Then convert them to local and regional cooperatives. Communications is a utility now. While we're at it, we can do the same with the commercial power companies. I am lucky enough to live in an area served by an electric co-op. I live next door to people who have a large fee attached to their electric bill just so that the local commercial power company can pretend to build a site for a nuclear plant that will never be constructed.

No more of this phony blackmail. [pun intended.]

Comment Go deep - if guilty, nail them and jail them! (Score 3, Insightful) 186

Sunny Balwani and Elizabeth Holmes; the Theranos Board; all Theranos investors; and, Theranos strategic partners and suppliers ALL need to be investigated regarding their knowledge of potential fraud and collusion. If evidence is gained showing intentional fraud from*any* one of the foregoing, jail them!

Comment Universal surveillance will happen (Score 1) 307

As soon as the technological means are there, universal surveillance will happen. One thing that human beings want is security, and we know from psychological studies that large population groups will put up with inconvenience - even punish themselves to some degree, financially, socially, etc. - to assure personal safety. Given that universal surveillance is going to happen, we need to start looking for ways to make it transparent, to prevent abuse. Nobody is talking about that; nobody is considering the possibility that universal surveillance might be more a good thing (with problems) than a bad thing (which everyone always assumes it will be, without qualification).

Comment It's the Watchmaker argument (Score 1) 951

Musk is just projecting. He's a reductionist. Last, he can't prove his position. How does one prove that one is inside a simulation,when it must be assumed that the simulation is under another's control; thus,the attempt at proof,and even hunches that seek one to pursue proofs, are part of a controlled simulation?

Comment Re:This worries me (Score 1) 175

There will be advantages and disadvantages. What's missing fromall this are powerful filters that permit parents to control who pre-teens (and even teens) can gain access to on their phones. Marketers are using technology that is incredibly powerful to reach this young demographic. Parents have no way to counteract that. Access to information is a cool thing, but what *kind* of information. DO you really want your 10-year-old son accessing the most extreme pRon sites? Trust me, many kids will go there, and we are now beginning to see some of the problems that result from just this kind of access. Also, look at the studies that point to vastly increased risks for anxiety and depression among teens who are heavy users of social media. Frankly, I think Internet access is a good thing, but it's still the Wild West out there. Parents are losing the battle to marketers.

Comment Re:Good deal (Score 1) 224

No, this is a BAD deal. ATT has resisted - using legal threats - MANY municipal and rural efforts to put in their own broadband. I had regular DSL,then they called me and said that I had to take Uverse. I did some research and found that they were LEGALLY required to put in dry loop DSL. I had that for a year and then they told me they were going to phase it out and I had to take Uverse, for a LOT more. ATT is a thieving corporation - to the point where the company colludes to cheat and steal. They are just as bad as the banking sector. If I had a real alternative I would take it in a heartbeat!

Comment Re:YouTube - mod this up! (Score 1) 178

Truer words were never spoken. Just wait until the IoT takes hold, along with distributed AIA (Advanced Artificial Intelligence) all distributed via the Internet. The Internet has turned out be largely a "top-down" broadcasting service controlled by large ISP, large content creators, etc. Of course, they let us have our blogs and our Instagrams and our pathetic little selfie opportunities for fame like Facebook, Pinterest, etc, but the Internet is FAR FAR FAR from the liberating force that it was predicted to be at its outset.

This wasn't always the case; initially, the vig players- i.e. content creators, telecommunications providers, etc. resistedthe Internet, until they discovered human being's penchant for taking control of inter-communications. THAT is when commercial enterprise powers got interested; they have now found endless ways to control the Internet and leverage our wired human propensity for communication for profit.

ESPECIALLY if you are a younger person, .go read Vanevar Bush's essay "As We May Think" http://www.theatlantic.com/mag...

or,

Ted Nelson's early ideas about the promise of the Internet Ted Nelson: "The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/...

Submission + - Question for Anant Agarwal About edX and the Future of Online Education (slashdot.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Anant,

General question: how can we get Foundations and other funders to look beyond the current landscape, and fund real online educational platform innovation?

I have been a long time proponent of online education, heavily involved in the early years — and continuing through today of Open Educational Resources,including online education.

Given that edX, Khan Academy, various other MOOCs, etc are all streaming linear video, and many foundations are funding same, how is it that new platforms/technology that vastly improves the interactivity of online video, as well as its accessibility, have such a hard time getting funded by the Foundations most heavily involved in online education (e.g. Gates, Hewlett, etc).

Example: I have consulted for an entrepreneur (who has already built and sold one company to Motorola, and was funded by Draper, Fisher, Jervetson) who has created online platform technology that turns streaming video into linkable objects — imagine every object on the screen in a Khan Academy video as a *linkable objects*, enabling immediate access to online tutors; peer interaction; micro-assessments; **at any point in a lesson, in real time**. Also, imagine a platform (because the content is presented as objects, instead of frames) that can reach *any* student on earth regardless of bandwidth — i.e. bandwidth access is no longer a problem. This platform could increase student interactivity by an order of magnitude and it eliminates the serious problem of bandwidth constraint — and many other advantages.

Is there a way to get through to Foundations via edX. We have spoken to principles at Hewlett and Gates, but they have put their chips on Khan and the MOOCs. btw, we can convert standard video fare to this platform, giving all online content the advantages I just mentioned.

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