Brian David Johnson Chats With will.i.am

25 March 2012

The following are notes from chapter 9 (“The Future of Education: Are We Ready?”) by will.i.am and Brian David Johnson in the The Tomorrow Project Anthology.

will.i.am says he is a “wannabe geek in the geek.” I’m sort of like this, too. Here is something that I posted to Facebook last month… I like being around geeks even though I’m just a pseudo-geek. Sometimes I experience geek envy.

Brian David Johnson (DBJ; an Intel Futurist) wrote that in 02011 “will made a big investment in education. […] Dean Kamen and will teamed up to make an hour-long documentary called i.am FIRST–Science is Rock and Roll.

I added the following quote to GDT::Quotes (my quote collection)…

The planet is full of people who aren’t thinking about the future. Shouldn’t we all prepare? I think we should.

And I think Mr. am is spot on.

I liked the following exchange between BDJ and will.i.am…

will.i.am to BDJ: “You’re a futurist. […] Where are we going?”

BDJ: “For me the question is: Where do we want to go?”

will.i.am: “[…] there are two we’s. There’s the we that are all moving forward and passionate about the future. Then there’s the second we that is staying back and lagging behind.”

will.i.am speaking on the topic of education…

“My cousin is 12 years old now. When she’s 22 is she going to be intelligent because schools are going to change in the near future?”

I think it’s possible the answer to will’s question is no. The education system in the United States needs to be blown up and I don’t see that happening in the near future (i.e. by the end of this decade).

will.i.am continued…

“Someone is going to have to think how to redefine education and mental stimulation to keep kids like her motivated and give her an idea of what she might be competing with.”

Of course “someone” is plural and i.am.hopeful that one of those someones will be will.i.am.

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Is It Possible To Halt the Exponential Advancement of Technology?

9 March 2012

“It’s impracticable to halt the exponential advancement of technology.” — Ben Goertzel (01966-) {Director of Research for the Singularity Institute for AI}

Goertzel says that “it’s impractical to halt the exponential advancement of technology” and it’s possible he’s right. But let’s observe Goertzel’s use of the word impracticable instead of the word impossible because it’s possible that the power of sociopolitical factors will deem Goertzel’s impracticable as practical. Pondering the future is fun, but it is complicated by the fact that we’re a planet of seven billion people. It’s possible that this morph of Goertzel’s quote is false: “It’s impossible to halt the exponential advancement of technology.” [Ponder the Luddite riot of 01811-01812.]

Hmm… I have learned that learning about the future is easier if I ignore sociopolitical factors.


Brian David Johnson Wants to Know: How can we change the future?

7 March 2012

Everybody who attended ASU’s Emerge Mashup on 3 March 02012 received a copy Intel’s book The Tomorrow Project Anthology: Conversations About the Future. Chapter One was written by Intel’s Futurist Brian David Johnson and is titled How to Change the Future.

Hmm… Johnson has come up with a great question: How can we change the future?

I liked how Brian David Johnson ended the first paragraph of chapter one.

I have always believed that everyone should be an active participant in the future. If we are all making it and we are all going live in it then why not do something about it individually.

I want to be an active participant in the future. The following was my Facebook status update on Sunday, 4 March 02012…

“I ain’t no ____” has become one of my frequently used phrases. Yesterday, I started a blog posting with “I ain’t no futurist,” but I deleted it because we’re all futurists.


Arizona SciTech Festival Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

5 February 2012

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the first annual Arizona SciTech Festival took place on 4 February 02012 in the planetarium at the Arizona Science Center located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.


Pi Day 02012 Plan

30 December 2011

I’ve been celebrating Pi Days since 02005 and I’ve come up with Pi Day 02012 Plan. My goal is to celebrate Pi Days up through 02016 and then self publish a book documenting my Pi Day experiences.


Philomath

13 February 2011

Philomath was Dictionary.com’s “Word of the Day” on 8 February 2011. A philomath is a “lover of learning.”

The following pictures were taken at Arizona State University located in Tempe, Arizona.

Pondering…

student –> 21st Century Educational System –> philomathian

Note: Somebody who is a philomath is not necessarily a polymath. A polymath is somebody who is “guru” is numerous disciplines.


The Future of CPSR

13 February 2011

I knew it was only a matter of time before I received the following email message.

From douglas@publicsphereproject.org Sat Feb 5 09:08:15 2011
To: cpsr-members@lists.cpsr.org
Subject: The Future of CPSR

This issue seems like an appropriate follow-up to the recent sad news about the death of Gary Chapman, CPSR’s first executive director.

This note is primarily addressed to people who have been involved with Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, although, in keeping with CPSR’s “big tent” approach, we are certainly interested in hearing from anybody who is interested in the future of CPSR and the further exploration of issues that CPSR members have focused on.

As many of you may have heard or suspected, there is a high probability that Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility will cease to exist in the near future. […]

The CPSR.org website gives the appearance that CPSR started dying during the spring of 2008 (e.g. the last “Recent News” was on 18 February 2008). The last “annual appeal” and “end of year campaign” were 2006 and 2007, respectively.

It seems ironic that CPSR is preparing to go belly-up just when we have supercomputers with practically infinite storage capable of executing more than two quadrillion arithmetic calculations per second piping data/information into high-performance visualization systems. The computing roadmap is for exa-scale computing by 2018-2020 and historically the computing roadmap has been extremely accurate. Exa-scale computing is frighteningly powerful and socially responsible computing is more important than ever.

It seems ironic that CPSR is dying just when the “Digital Divide” is wider than ever; electronic voting systems remain mostly proprietary and capable of stealing elections; net neutrality is an issue that’s beyond the understanding of most of us; educational systems think “learning about computing” means learning how to simply be a user of “apps” even though “program or be programmed” is more true than ever; RFID e-product codes and sensor data are getting piped into HPC systems; robots are being equipped with artificial intelligence capabilities; too few cybersecurity gurus are being groomed; there remains a huge dearth of women in computing; etc. etc. etc.

It seems ironic that CPSR is dying at a time when we continue to be led by 18th century political dinosaurs who scream about the importance of SCREAM (Science, Computing, Robotics, Engineering, Art, Math), yet are luddites of the highest order.

What am I going to help keep CPSR alive? Nothing.