Tag Archives: Asynchronous Communication

When Blogging Goes Bad

Like email and the World Wide Web in their times, blogs have become the “killer app” of the moment. Three years ago, all but the most hardcore of followers of Internet phenomenons would not have thought much of the term “blog,” other than perhaps it was a misspelling of “blob.” Now you know you are most certainly not a mainstream Internet user if you are unaware that “blog” is an adaptation of the term “Web Log,” and that blogs exist as personal journals, professional writing spaces, news sources, or some combination of all of the above.

History of Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Intelligent tutors
fall under a general category of “adaptive-response” teaching systems.
The earliest adaptive response systems were developed in the 1960’s, and
sometimes referred to as programmed learning systems. Generally,
intelligent tutors have the following components:

Article mentions that not a whole lot has changed since 1990 with regard to design of intelligent tutors despite great changes in technology and delivery choices. I’m also amazed at how little I’m finding about intelligent instructional agents in the last few years. Most literature seems to be from mid- to late-90’s. There is a lot of recent stuff on AI (very technical) but very little on the theory of instructional intelligent agent design (esp. in light of new technolgies). Why did this “burn out?”

Natural Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence

Interview with Andy Clark.

Natasha Mitchell: So your suggestion is that our mind is a lot bigger than our body, that somehow we kind of incorporate the world around us into our mind.

Andy Clark: Yeah, I guess the thought is that we’re kind of set up to do that so here’s a kind of parallel.

Some animals, but not all, have a sense of what’s called haptic touch, humans have it, chimpanzees have it. Haptic touch is a kind of sense whereby you can take a tool, and you can very quickly come to treat it as if it was part of your body. For example, you can take a rake and during the raking motion, if they record from cells in the monkey’s brain the cells that would normally represent the fingers of the hand can very quickly come to map the area of the tines of the rake. So in a way, immediately on the spot the body mage of the monkey has been adapted to encompass the tool. But I think that unlike the monkey we do it for more cognitive things as well, our brains are just set up to kind of loop out and exploit the environment around them for cognitive purposes.