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I was having a conversation with a friend this past weekend while in NYC about automation, and the role of government in the Artificial Intelligence community. We were talking about how important this new and developing sector is going to be to the United States government and economic systems and how AI will eventually take humans out of the equation. I saw this article by Bill Gates who thinks that if a robot takes a human job then the company that builds that technology should be taxed, and that money going to the government to help with unemployment. I thought this is an interesting argument, and my question stemming off of it is, do you think that Teaching will eventually be replaced by AI/automation where students are engaged in the digital arena and there is no longer a need for human teachers? Is Online school becoming the way of the future. Personally, I could never learn strictly online, but the coming generations might be able to.

Here is the article: https://qz.com/911968/bill-gates-the-robot-that-takes-your-job-should-pay-taxes/

 

So my post this week is a little different. I am going to New York on Thursday for fun, and so I have been learning about how to travel smart. I found the points guy (https://thepointsguy.com/) and he is helping people travel in style while economically smart. Why I am posting him on this class is his use of digital literacy, with blogs, twitter and facebook he has been able to share his skill to thousands if not millions of people who are traveling and want to gain the system. I felt that this connect with Raines chapter about learning to stand out in the midst of large amounts of content. He has built a company about traveling and has used digital literacy tools to develop his brand and his messaging. I may look up to him too much, but one day I hope that my information is just as valuable and people enjoy going to my blog the same what that he curates his online presence.

 

There was an article published in the Seattle Times about about digital literacy and how librarians are now seriously having to teaching the deciphering of text for all students and this is a great challenge. Teaching a student the difference between and ad and propaganda vs. the sponsoring of content is not always easy to see. This quote stuck out to me and made me think about the importance of teaching these skills to students, "Most middle-school students were able to distinguish advertisements from news stories, but more than 80 percent confused native advertisements with news stories. Native advertisements are designed to look like news stories, but they carry a label that sets them apart, usually “sponsored content.” That wasn’t enough."

Basic education needs to include all the elements of digital literacy are so important to helping students understand where facts and information is derived from and is fundamental now to all stages of the Educational process. These techniques need to be incorporated at the earliest stages of elementary school, questioning why, what and how, is so important to the development of students.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/librarians-take-up-arms-against-fake-news/

 

With all the recent craziness and political hearsay I found this NPR article about fact checking really interesting and I tam hoping that you all find it the same! Please check it out (: http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/12/05/503581220/fake-or-real-how-to-self-check-the-news-and-get-the-facts

 

Vox has annotated Trump's speech from Friday! This is great to see the deeper meanings and implications that were placed on his speech. On of the annotations says that he only mentioned women twice in his speech, always in conjunction with other identities. Also I found he used highly radicalized terms when identifying minority groups in the "inner city" "Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities , rusted-out factories, scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation , an education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge... And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now." - So what I have gathered from this is that poverty only exist in the inner city, where the gangs and crime exist. These are highly racialized terms and he used them as blanket statements.

I love how Vox has annotated this all from different contributors and intellectuals to create a participatory culture in which many different people were able to create intelligence together.

http://www.vox.com/a/president-trump-inauguration-speech-transcript-annotations

 

This will be a site for us to share responsibility for curating resources about digital learning. See assignments page on our website for details.