"Don’t shove me into your pigeonhole, where I don’t fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions" -- Ursula K. Le Guin
|Audrey Watters||Jan 19|| 4|
I know, I know. The later in the weekend I wait to write and send this newsletter, the more likely you’ve read everything I have to share. The good news, of course, is that HEWN is late again this week because the revision process for Teaching Machines is going very, very well. I can hardly think about much else.
But here are some of the things that I bookmarked to read later — to read, that is, after my brain gives out at the end of a day of fiddling with sentences and researching the minute but unanswered questions I still have for the book. (Like, whatever happened for the Center for Programed Instruction? Why did it close its doors? Can I find a copy of the programmed instruction materials John Blyth helped create for Robert Parris Moses? Should I write “programmed instruction” with two m’s or one?)
“What happens when you find yourself becoming the thing you said was evil?” asks Alexis Madrigal in an article that argues “Silicon Valley Abandons the Culture That Made It the Envy of the World”
Jennifer Schaffer reviews Anne Wiener’s new book Uncanny Valley
Slate offers a list of the most evil tech companies in the world. (Siva Vaidhyanathan is correct with his pick, for what it's worth.) Interestingly, not a single education company made that list — a good reflection, I’d say, that many folks still truly believe that technology in education is necessary and fundamentally good
Noam Cohen on “Dirty Money and Bad Science at MIT’s Media Lab”
“Whatever Happened to ______ ?” by Anonymous
This week’s Columbidae is a New Zealand wood pigeon. (Image credits) In other pigeons news: the “Pigeonbot.” Stanford will try to ruin everything, if we let it, but it will never replicate the beauty of this very stout (and sometimes very drunk) little bird.
Yours in struggle,