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Max The Magnificent
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Re: General Studies
Max The Magnificent   5/15/2014 1:57:46 PM
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@betajet: Wikipedia and other Internet resources are great if you know what you're looking for and you know what it's called.

I love those Visual Dictionaries -- they are wonderful for trying to find the name of something like "that bit of wood that stickes up at the front of an old wooden sailing ship"

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Re: General Studies
Max The Magnificent   5/15/2014 1:54:58 PM
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@betajet: Wikipedia and other Internet resources are great if you know what you're looking for and you know what it's called.

There's a smartphone app where you can let it listen to a fragment of a tune and it will return all of the details associated with the piece -- without your first knowing what it was called.

I bet in the future uyou cioudl have a voice interface and try to vaguely describe something and for the servers in the cloud to say something like "Ah, you are looking for information on something the ancients used to call a book!"

 

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Duane Benson   5/15/2014 1:40:53 PM
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I don't want glasses, contact lenses, Google Glass type things, or anything of the sort. I just want wireless into my brain so the information can be directly inserted into my thought process.

Regardless of whether it's visual or not, imagine, if you will, a scenario where security, in that future, is as effective as it is today...

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betajet   5/14/2014 6:58:33 PM
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Wikipedia and other Internet resources are great if you know what you're looking for and you know what it's called.  If you don't have enough general esoteric (sometimes a euphemism for "trivial") knowledge, you don't know things even exist and then the Internet is useless.  For example, if you'd never heard of Le Pétomane, you'd probably never think to look him up.

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Re: Names
Max The Magnificent   5/14/2014 5:36:15 PM
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@Janine: Where will people like you and me with such a depth of knowledge get the respect we deserve...

I don't know about you, but I'll be sitting in the corner of a bar and -- for the price of a beer many beers -- I will regale the gathered throng with tales of daring do BEFORE everyone had augmented reality :-)

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JanineLove   5/14/2014 5:26:25 PM
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Ah, the horror of it Max. Where will people like you and me with such a depth of knowledge get the respect we deserve when everyone can have a running wikipedia in their eyes? ;-)

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Names
Max The Magnificent   5/14/2014 5:22:42 PM
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@Janine: What are the implications here for cheating on exams?


Pretty bad, I would say...


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Re: Names
Max The Magnificent   5/14/2014 5:21:28 PM
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@Janine: Even more so when you run into the student out of context, like at the deli.

Or a mime class

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Re: Glasses rule
Max The Magnificent   5/14/2014 5:19:50 PM
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@Rich: Otherwise the digital info keeps intruding even if you don't want to look at it.

This will be one of the topics I cover in my follow-up column tomorrow

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Re: Names
JanineLove   5/14/2014 5:18:28 PM
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On the other hand, as a former professor, this has me worried:

"I can imagine a time when contact lenses have the capability to project high-resolution textual and graphical imagery directly onto their owners' retinas. At some stage, it wouldn't surprise me if it became possible to have such equipment embedded in the eye itself."

What are the implications here for cheating on exams?


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