Sentences to Ponder


1. Study finds pro-charter arguments are more convincing

“Arguments against unions seemed to resonate more strongly with participants, and made them significantly more likely to support charter schools.”

2. My morning at Success Academies

“David Noah, the school’s principal described their model as ‘exploration and inquiry based teaching.’  But it’s full of the structures great teaching too-systems and routines and the structure to make sure kids use their autonomy in just the right way.  Made me so happy to see a school demonstrating that TLaC techniques can support an inquiry-based academic culture.”

3. Wow that was a horrible decade

“The U.S. withstood an almost-unprecedented series of shocks in the years from 2000 through 2011. The list of disasters is so extraordinary that it’s worth repeating, just for emphasis.”

4. Ray Kurzweil predictions

“By the late 2010s, glasses will beam images directly onto the retina. Ten terabytes of computing power (roughly the same as the human brain) will cost about $1,000.

By the 2020s, most diseases will go away as nanobots become smarter than current medical technology. Normal human eating can be replaced by nanosystems. The Turing test begins to be passable. Self-driving cars begin to take over the roads, and people won’t be allowed to drive on highways.

By the 2030s, virtual reality will begin to feel 100% real. We will be able to upload our mind/consciousness by the end of the decade.

By the 2040s, non-biological intelligence will be a billion times more capable than biological intelligence (a.k.a. us). Nanotech foglets will be able to make food out of thin air and create any object in physical world at a whim.”

By 2045, we will multiply our intelligence a billionfold by linking wirelessly from our neocortex to a synthetic neocortex in the cloud.

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