Wishful thinking

If you have ever read anything or heard Ray Kurzweil or other similar Futurists words, they have some radical ideas about the future of humanity.

Some claim that in a few years, in the 2040’s there will be a phenomenon known as the singularity (a phrase borrowed from the world of theoretical physics).

It claims that technology is advancing at such a rate, exponentially, that we will get to a point, a tipping point if you will, that a number of things may happen. Either we will merge completely with technology (this has already began) or that technology will become the overlord of humanity, whacky I know.

Or another possibility, which Kurzweil was really hoping for, Transhumanism would become a reality.

Transhumanism is the theory that we will eventually be able, when technology has advanced enough, to download or personality, or memories or being into a supercomputer and live indefinitely in a virtual digital world as avatar, creating our own reality and doing whatever we like.

Wonderful ideas but maybe a little bit to out there.

But one thing I have come to realise as I have gotten older, is that with all the misguided and underutilised ability of the human race, we have got great minds and some of the things which we have thought to be impossible have become a reality through the imagination of the human mind. Science fiction has often become science fact.

When it comes to eLearning, which might seem a bit mundane after the crazy theories I have just outlined, there is also some amazing possibilities on the horizon.

One theory is that we will be able to automatically, instantaneously learn a new language or a new skill (matrix style) by simply looking at a computer screen.

Ok so this is not what this blog is about but it all fits in with the idea that the landscape of the future can sometimes be impossible to imagine.

But we will have a go

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3D Printing

Additive manufacturing or 3D printing[1] is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes.[2] 3D printing is also considered distinct from traditional machining techniques, which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting or drilling (subtractive processes).

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing

The Job

digital_culture_album_artworkThis blog is part of an assignment I am doing for my 4th year, 1st semester, Digital Culture Module on my Multimedia degree.

The assignment is in 2 parts.

1.  Create a blog to research and discuss a topic that falls under the category of ‘Digital Culture’. The Digital Age is upon us and it looks like it is here to stay. at least until ‘Quantum computing’ arrives, if it arrives.

2.  Based on my research, I must prepare a presentation. Not your typical power point presentation but a ‘Pecha Kucha‘ style presentation in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. The slide changes whether you have said your piece or not. This will be very stressful for me as I am not the most confident public speaker but I can see how this will be beneficial for someone like myself. We all need to learn how to sell ourselves.