Category Archives: technology

A warped AI Christmas

Some of you may know the Talk to Transformer AI tool.  It’s a website with a simple premise.  You type or paste in some text, and it uses machine learning to complete it. For example, I entered the first line … Continue reading

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Have you played Webinar Bingo?

If you take in enough webinars, you notice certain patterns.  The same mistakes and weirdnesses keep cropping up. So my friend Steven Kaye and I decided to share our experiences in the time-honored tradition of turning these videoconferencing pains into… … Continue reading

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How will we try to fix Facebook?

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What Americans think of the present and future of science and technology

Where will science go in the future, and how will that impact our lives? I’ve been tracking this question for a while, so it’s good to have fresh research to hand.  A new Pew Research survey asked Americans what they … Continue reading

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Thoughts on chatbots

This week Inside Higher Ed interviewed me and some other folks about chatbots.  I was brought in as ed tech futurist.  Also on deck were leaders of companies actually making chatbots for education: Ivy.ai and Admit.hub.  Lindsay McKenzie did a … Continue reading

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How far will digital video go?

In 2019 the growth of digital video looks like one enormous and steady trend.  We see video appear wherever we can wrangle a screen, from smartphones to large screen tvs to the backs of passenger airplane seats and the fronts … Continue reading

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50 years after Apollo 11: what will we do in space for the next 50 years?

This week is the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon.  My son and I visited Washington, DC’s National Mall to see some of the commemorations. A brilliant team projected a video of the entire Saturn V … Continue reading

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Living in the 21st century: drones versus autonomous cars

Sometimes the 21st century actually sounds like the 21st century of futurism and science fiction.  Sometimes it appears that way through a certain story or the development of a given trend. And sometimes trends coincide, then produce something new. Case … Continue reading

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Race, sex, law, and drones: this week’s snapshots of the future

Today I’d like to share some current stories that suggest to me ways higher education might proceed.  I’ve picked them out of my horizon scanning work. I’ve done this before, but now I’d like to link them clearly to FTTE report … Continue reading

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Blogging Dracula since 2005

Pick up this 1897 novel.  Turn to the first chapter, first page, first paragraph.  Hey, it starts today: 3 May. Bistritz.– Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, … Continue reading

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