Saturday, August 31, 2013

Prediction of What Education Will Look Like in 50 Years

Here is a prediction about what education will look like in 50 years by Sal Khan, the founder of khanacademy. His predictions are bold, but I think they are not too far off from what it could look like in reality. And honestly as he describes the classroom of 2060, I wish I could go to school there! I hope to implement some of those future elements of education into the bible school I teach in and the inductive bible study course I am working on developing.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Facebook Philosophy

I enjoyed reading this article written by Mark Zuckerberg, before his startup social media group became a public company to be invested in about a year ago. It is really insightful and revealing to what are the actually motives and hopes behind facebook, as well as there innovate "hacker way" that helps run the company. Here are some highlights from the article, but I personally think the whole thing is worth a read- it is good insight into what the inventors of todays technology are actually hoping to accomplish, and it is also a contrasting way of working compared to past "prussian models" of industrial labor. Industrial workers have now turned into computer programmers following the "hacker way".

Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission — to make the world more open and connected.

 We’re inspired by technologies that have revolutionized how people spread and consume information. We often talk about inventions like the printing press and the television — by simply making communication more efficient, they led to a complete transformation of many important parts of society. They gave more people a voice. They encouraged progress. They changed the way society was organized. They brought us closer together.
Today, our society has reached another tipping point. We live at a moment when the majority of people in the world have access to the internet or mobile phones — the raw tools necessary to start sharing what they’re thinking, feeling and doing with whomever they want. Facebook aspires to build the services that give people the power to share and help them once again transform many of our core institutions and industries.

we hope to rewire the way people spread and consume information. We think the world’s information infrastructure should resemble the social graph — a network built from the bottom up or peer-to-peer, rather than the monolithic, top-down structure that has existed to date. We also believe that giving people control over what they share is a fundamental principle of this rewiring.
We think a more open and connected world will help create a stronger economy with more authentic businesses that build better products and services.

The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete. They just have to go fix it — often in the face of people who say it’s impossible or are content with the status quo.

Moving fast enables us to build more things and learn faster. However, as most companies grow, they slow down too much because they’re more afraid of making mistakes than they are of losing opportunities by moving too slowly. We have a saying: “Move fast and break things.” The idea is that if you never break anything, you’re probably not moving fast enough.

We believe that a more open world is a better world because people with more information can make better decisions and have a greater impact

HIgh Hopes and interesting way of doing business, I hope facebook actually accomplishes what it wants to do and not just provide another avenue for people to waste time and feed fake fish!