About Those Flying Cars We Were Promised

About Those Flying Cars We Were Promised

(keynote for June 2017 ASCUE Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC)-- At the time of this organization’s first conference gathering at Tarkio College, I was engaged in the kind of screen time kids did in the late 1960s - television. It seemed probable that in the far off future of 2017 we’d be zipping to the 50th conference in the flying cars the Jetsons promised us. While that has not panned out, much of our current technology would seem fanciful in 1968. Yet what has been most interesting then and moving ahead is less about the hardware and more about the stories, connections and relationships of the people inside the cars. Jump into the flying car of my mind to dart through back through time, ponder what makes learning memorable, find our place of wonder, and explore the power of structured serendipity as we gaze into the next 50 years.

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Alan Levine

June 12, 2017
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    A B O U T T H O S E

    F LY I N G CA R S W E W E R E P R O M I S E D. . . A S C U E 2 0 1 7 A L A N L E V I N E C O G . D O G • @ C O G D O G
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    – B R E T V I C T O

    R “I learned the Way of the Algorithm. And I mastered these paths, but they were false paths. Their followers knew only the Yang of Technology, and worshipped the Code. But technology has no soul, and code no conscious. And I despaired.” Bret Victor: http://worrydream.com/#!/Bio
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    1967 CUETUG 1 1992 2017 ASCUE 50 life = mx

    + 1967 instructional technologist at Maricopa Community Colleges
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    cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by

    theirhistory: http://flickr.com/photos/22326055@N06/4332455554/
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    Like a house, every paragraph in "Enquire Within" has its

    number,—and the Index is the Directory which will explain what Facts, Hints, and Instructions inhabit that number.
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    The dream behind the Web is of common information space

    in which we communicate by sharing information
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    Its universality is essential: the fact that a hypertext link

    can point to anything, be it personal, local or global, be it draft or highly polished. The World Wide Web: A very short personal history by Tim Berners-Lee May 7, 1998 http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/ShortHistory.html
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    Its universality is essential: the fact that a hypertext link

    can point to anything, be it personal, local or global, be it draft or highly polished. This proposal concerns the management of general information about accelerators at CERN. It discusses the problems of loss of information about complex evolving systems and derives a solution based on a distributed hypertext system. The World Wide Web: A very short personal history by Tim Berners-Lee May 7, 1998 http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/ShortHistory.html
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    Its universality is essential: the fact that a hypertext link

    can point to anything, be it personal, local or global, be it draft or highly polished. There was a second part of the dream, too, dependent on the Web being so generally used that it became a realistic mirror (or in fact the primary embodiment) of the ways in which we work and play and socialize. The World Wide Web: A very short personal history by Tim Berners-Lee May 7, 1998 http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/ShortHistory.html
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    Its universality is essential: the fact that a hypertext link

    can point to anything, be it personal, local or global, be it draft or highly polished. There was a second part of the dream, too, dependent on the Web being so generally used that it became a realistic mirror (or in fact the primary embodiment) of the ways in which we work and play and socialize. That was that once the state of our interactions was on line, we could then use computers to help us analyse it, make sense of what we are doing, where we individually fit in, and how we can better work together. The World Wide Web: A very short personal history by Tim Berners-Lee May 7, 1998 http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/ShortHistory.html
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    I ’ M N O T A S T O

    RY T E L L E R S T O R I E S ? cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by g-mikee: http://flickr.com/photos/g-mikee/5202927662/
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    S T O RY T E L L I N

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    T H E S H A P E O F

    S T O R I E S Kurt Vonnegut http://youtu.be/oP3c1h8v2ZQ
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    E M PAT H Y, N E U R O

    C H E M I S T RY, A N D T H E D R A M AT I C A R C Paul Zak: http://youtu.be/DHeqQAKHh3M
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    Since then I’ve spoken a few times about the idea

    that by narrating our work, we can perhaps restore some of what was lost when factories and then offices made work opaque and not easily observable. Software developers are in the vanguard of this reintegration, because our work processes as well as our work processes are fully mediated by digital networks. But it can happen in other lines of work too, and I’m sure it will. flickr photo by cogdogblog https://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/7079008281 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
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    h t t p : / / f e a

    t u re s . j s o m e r s . n e t / h o w - i - re v e r s e - e n g i n e e re d - g o o g l e - d o c s / “If you’ve ever typed anything into a Google Doc, you can now play it back as if it were a movie — like traveling through time to look over your own shoulder as you write.”
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    C H E C K T H E B O

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    F O L L O W L I N K

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    K E E P F O L L O W

    I N G from BoingBoing http://boingboing.net/2017/06/10/how-adam-west-played-a-prank-u.html
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    D I D Y O U M E A N

    “ R E C U R S I O N ” ? from BoingBoing http://boingboing.net/2017/06/10/how-adam-west-played-a-prank-u.html
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    – J A S O N Z W E I

    G w w w. e d g e . o rg / re s p o n s e - d e t a i l / 1 0 1 5 3 “In my view, we should each invest a few hours a week in reading research that ostensibly has nothing to do with our day jobs, in a setting that has nothing in common with our regular workspaces.” public domain pixabay photo: https://pixabay.com/en/bench-chairs-outdoors-park-2252563/
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    D A R K T I M E S flickr

    photo by Momentchensammler https://flickr.com/photos/alexander_mueller_photolover/30017549100 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
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    M E E T S O M E I N

    T E R E S T I N G P E O P L E …
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    – V I R G I N I A P

    O S T R E L “How we feel about the evolving future tells us who we are as individuals and a civilization: Do we search for stasis—a regulated, engineered world? Or do we embrace dynacism — a world of constant creation, discovery, and competition?”
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    FA C I N G T H E F U

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    o r FA C I N G T H E

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    A B O U T T H O S E

    F LY I N G CA R S W E W E R E P R O M I S E D. . .
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    – A L A N K AY “I think the

    trick with knowledge is to ‘acquire it, and forget all except the perfume’ -- because it is noisy and sometimes drowns out one's own "brain voices". The perfume part is important because it will help find the knowledge again to help get to the destinations the inner urges pick.”
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    I S I T A B O U T T

    H E C A R S AT A L L ? g o . c o g d o g . i t / a s c u e 1 7