Connectivism as Swarm Intelligence

We have now reached a level of sophistication in our signalling and communications that we can compare our networks, our trails forming abilities, with those of ants. The traceries, the scent trails laid down that enable a colony’s survival, providing way-finding pathways to sources of sustenance, demarcating territory, identifying threats, are much like the recorded […]

Wolfram | Alpha: Prequel

A New Kind of Science (NKS) An hour and a half with Stephen. Wolfram, that is, not Downes. SD’s Web site is down as I write and has been for a couple of days. Ouch! Maybe tomorrow. I thought this video would be a great segue into Connectivism and Connective Knowledge and also, Swarm Intelligence, […]

Wolfram | Alpha

Approaching 100,000,000 queries. Wolfram | Alpha

Wolfram | Alpha Webinar

I took part in Stephen Wolfram’s Webinar and was blown away by the technology. Textbook publishers, especially in the sciences arena, are going to freaking out. Ask it question, get an answer. A good answer. His demonstration was recorded, so expect it to be embedded in one of their Web sites, soon. Launching in May, […]

An ephemeral existence and persistent illusions

The map is not the place. The network is not intelligent. It is not self-aware. There are some 100 billion neuronal cells in an adult human brain. Supporting glial cells number 30 to 50 times higher. Biochemicalelectrical conduits situated in a nutraceutical sponge. Replication is a dream.