The trouble always starts when teachers are told to put innovative ideas into practice without much guidance on how to do it. In the hands of unprepared teachers, the reforms turn to nonsense, perplexing students more than helping them. One 1965 Peanuts cartoon depicts the young blond-haired Sally struggling to understand her new-math assignment: “Sets … one to one matching … equivalent sets … sets of one … sets of two … renaming two… .” After persisting for three valiant frames, she throws back her head and bursts into tears: “All I want to know is, how much is two and two?”

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The easiest thing to do would be to please shareholders today and simply keep forging ahead, blind to the changes in the market around you, but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that PC sales are dropping every year and that while they continue to drive huge profits for Microsoft today, it’s not a sustainable model in the long term. That is a textbook Innovator’s Dilemma.

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We can’t yet see how much this will change things. The proliferation of imaging is a profound change that bears comparison with the way vinyl and especially the transistor took music everywhere two and three generations ago, or the way the steam press and railways took print everywhere in the 19th century.

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A new survey suggests that the digital divide has been replaced by a gap in digital readiness. It found that nearly 30% of Americans either aren’t digitally literate or don’t trust the Internet. That subgroup tended to be less educated, poorer, and older than the average American. In contrast, says Eszter Hargittai, a sociologist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, who was not involved in the study, those with essential Web skills “tend to be the more privileged. And so the overall story … is that it’s the people who are already privileged who are reaping the benefits here.”

Nearly one-third of Americans aren’t ready for the next generation of technology | Science/AAAS | News

Three “general purpose technologies”—rare innovations that transform not only one industry but the entire economy—were developed within a few months of each other in 1879. Thomas Edison invented the first properly working light bulb, Karl Benz built the first reliable internal combustion engine and, two decades before Marconi, David Edward Hughes sent a wireless signal. … The second industrial revolution was “multidimensional.” The internal combustion engine meant cars and thus motorways, which led to wholesale distribution networks. Electricity meant light, air-conditioned offices and the service economy. US productivity grew by an average of 2.36 per cent a year from 1891 to 1972.

In contrast, Gordon says, the computer revolution of the past 40 years has been “one-dimensional,”

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robots are always part of the future. Little bits of that future break off and become part of the present, but when that happens, those bits cease to be “robots.” In 1945, a modern dishwasher would have been a miracle, as exotic as the space-age appliances in The Jetsons. But now, it’s just a dishwasher

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Just imagine a web-based service that encompasses video on demand, subscription pay-TV channels, pay-per-view, ad-supported broadcast TV, and emerging internet-based content. Such an entity requires a centralized content aggregator and curator to become a neutral repository for movies and TV programs, stored in the cloud, and deliverable to televisions, tablets and smart phones. All that is needed is one ‘app’. This requires bold disruption to the TV industry. But the current pay-TV operators are not disruptors. Recently, DIRECTV’s president commented about evolving to online video, “if you can, avoid cannibalizing your core business.” Unfortunately, the pay TV operators do not heed Steve Jobs’ advice: “if you don’t cannibalize yourself, someone else will.”

The Future of TV Isn’t Apps. We Need All Our Channels in One Place | Opinion | WIRED

If we were sent back with a time machine, even 20 years, and reported to people what we have right now and describe what we were going to get in this device in our pocket — we’d have this free encyclopedia, and we’d have street maps to most of the cities of the world, and we’d have box scores in real time and stock quotes and weather reports, PDFs for every manual in the world … You would simply be declared insane…

But the next 20 years are going to make this last 20 years just pale… We’re just at the beginning of the beginning of all these kind of changes. There’s a sense that all the big things have happened, but relatively speaking, nothing big has happened yet. In 20 years from now we’ll look back and say, “Well, nothing really happened in the last 20 years.”

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It’s Edwards’s goal to have scent-tagged images available soon via email, Facebook, and Twitter within a network of hotspots in New York, Cambridge, and Paris that have iPhones capable of receiving them. “Scent is the world’s natural tweet, because it takes just a few seconds to get a scent,” he says. “The notion of people saying, “I miss you in New York,” by sending a scent is really interesting and powerful. Or imagine taking a scent selfie and posting it on Facebook.”

Harvard Professor To Send The World’s First “Scent Message” Across The Pond | Co.Design | business design

Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard.

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