#CCK11 The cyborgs

Thanks to Ken for his reference to this e-textbooks on the rise.  Isn’t it the birth of another OER?
Internet gave birth to OER, and OER gave birth to Web 2.0, then 3.0, 4.0… What will Web x.0 give birth to? Cybernetic-human generation?
Would it be interesting to research into these evolution of movies and social media and map out the co-evolution of the networks and communities, and human? We could then see what and how relationship and interactions have emerged or will emerge in society ( & the global communities) out of our nebulous ideas-connections (internet and web)? There are many researchers working on the Youtubes in their PhD studies…. and that is only one tiny sand in the beach, waiting to be explored.

Will we become the cyborgs?

Or like those in the Terminators x.0 where people imagine themselves as invincible human, or as avatars in Second Life dwelling in the global networks and communities. Can we have a Third Life game? Mixing this life with Second Life. Real and imaginary all in one, in the world of learning.

Seeing, doing is believing.

Thinking, reflecting, connecting, networking, experimenting and tinkering is learning.

Cyborgs are just agents in a CAS.  Aren’t we all human, not cyborgs?

How will cybernetics impact on education and learning?

This site on cognition is cool.


5 thoughts on “#CCK11 The cyborgs

  1. Well, maybe we are already cyborg-like, through our immersion in the internet, and now part of a mesh network that stabilizes our learning, and we operate as agents in that CAS already, through our machinations of aggregate-remix-repurpose-feed forward and so on and so on, like a fractal, emerging our learning and emerging our identities into the mesh, where none is more influential than the other, (except maybe for the network controllers), and each sacrifices their individual agency to the glory of the mesh?

  2. Well said, to the glory of the mesh. How is the whole (crowd, community) greater than the sum of its parts (the individuals)? Only if individuals are willing to sacrifice and contribute…. But think about the poor, the disconnected, the neglected, the minority, those who don’t have access to the technology, tools, webs, and internet. What could human do about it? Like the hole in the wall experiment – by giving them access to technology so they could have the self-organising tested out? They are individuals who have flesh like you and me, they have feelings, and they are by themselves self-organising with their cells, as morphogenesis explains.

    So, back to the aggregate-remix-repurpose-feed forward practice, are there any similarities to the digestive system metaphor? We aggregate the foods and drinks (ideas, information, comments via blogs, artifacts, courses, wikis, news, networks), churn them in our stomach with enzymes (filtering tools, RSS), and digest them by breaking all these ideas and information down to “useful information or knowledge” for us, (remix), then the nutrients are absorbed into the blood streams (repurpose) through the intestines and feedforward to different organs – liver, brain etc. in order to keep our human body and brain alive. There are also by-products (spams, obsoleted information, crap information) which are feedforward out of the body and mind, and so these products (in the form of ideas, information shared) could become the “food” in the “food chains”. However, some of the foods (information) that we are taking do include ingredients which are toxic to us, or bad for our health – like those with too much fats, and high in cholesterols, which could cause high blood pressure and heart disease. Does this make sense?

  3. One theory might be:

    The poor must be invited to join the mesh, so that they can participate in the digestion of ideas and information, and the creation of products that can be fed back into the mesh, not only the waste products but creative products that can drive the mesh forward, taking the collective on its ride, as a fractal continues dynamically to divide into self-similar images, so must the mesh collect individuals through the division of self into self-similar, in a process of adaptation through continual feedback with no destination in sight. (like a fractal, dividing for the very first time…)

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