03 MAR 2015 by ideonexus

 The Need for Explorative Education Tracking

Governments, employers, and other interested third parties still look to traditional institutions of education to verify that learning has taken place. Schools and colleges thus play the same centralized, closed system role that banks do in the financial system. Like banks that ensure the validity and authenticity of financial transactions, educational institutions award degrees of completion that “validate” (albeit poorly) that a particular learner has learned a certain skill, competency...
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24 JAN 2015 by ideonexus

 TODO: Quote from the Federalist Papers

A man must be far gone in Utopian speculations who can seriously doubt that, if these States should either be wholly disunited, or only united in partial confederacies, the subdivisions into which they might be thrown would have frequent and violent contests with each other. To presume a want of motives for such contests as an argument against their existence, would be to forget that men are ambitious, vindictive and rapacious. To look for a continuation of harmony between a number of indepen...
Folksonomies: todo
Folksonomies: todo
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The Federalist Papers, though written in haste and in the context of a local political battle, gave a lasting intellectual legitimacy to the idea of federal government. They still speak to mankind today with undiminished force, warning us {204} of the disasters to which the competition of local sovereignties can lead us.

24 JAN 2015 by ideonexus

 Utopia

One may picture, then, these beings, nuclearly resident, so to speak, in a relatively small set of mental units, each utilizing the bare minimum of energy, connected together by a complex of etherial intercommunication, and spreading themselves over immense areas and periods of time by means of inert sense organs which, like the field of their active operations, would be, in general, at a great distance from themselves. As the scene of life would be more the cold emptiness of space than the w...
Folksonomies: todo
Folksonomies: todo
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02 JAN 2014 by ideonexus

 Marxism-Leninism as a "spiritual atom bomb"

In our great motherland, a new era is emerging in which the workers, peasants and soldiers are grasping Marxism-Leninism, Mao Tse-tung's thought. Once Mao Tse-tung's thought is grasped by the broad masses, it becomes an inexhaustible source of strength and a spiritual atom bomb of infinite power. The large-scale publication of Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung is a vital measure for enabling the broad masses to grasp Mao Tse-tung's thought and for promoting the revolutionization of our p...
Folksonomies: meme memetics todo propaganda
Folksonomies: meme memetics todo propaganda
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Included here for it's interesting phrasing, recognizing the power of ideas and spreading them.

Additional Note: Although many memes are included from this book, left out are many objectionable memes about propaganda and waging war. Need a way to leave commentaries on references.

15 NOV 2013 by ideonexus

 The Internet as an Intelligence

If you build a machine that makes connections between everything, accumulates all the data in the world, and you then harness all available minds to collectively teach it where the meaningful connections and meaningful data are (Who is searching Whom?) while implementing deceptively simple algorithms that reinforce meaningful connections while physically moving, optimizing and replicating the data structures accordingly - if you do all this you will, from highly economical (yes, profitable) p...
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Unsourced quote from George Dyson. TODO: Find the source.

14 OCT 2013 by ideonexus

 Automation Comes to China

The key question isn’t “How much will be automated?” It’s how we’ll conceive of whatever can’t be automated at a given time. Even if there are new demands for people to perform new tasks in support of what we perceive as automation, we might apply antihuman values that define the new roles as not being “genuine work.” Maybe people will be expected to “share” instead. So the right question is “How many jobs might be lost to automation if we think about automation the wron...
Folksonomies: todo futurism automation
Folksonomies: todo futurism automation
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Would China, a centrally-planned society, replace its factory workers with robots and put a huge portion of the population out of work? Tagging this with a "todo" so I can follow up on it in the future and see if China does go down the automation route.

09 SEP 2013 by ideonexus

 Wubizixing

At one time, Chinese had a serious "keyboard problem", but it's been largely solved by keyboards like Wubizixing ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wubizixing [wikipedia.org] ) and Wubihua. At the simple end, Wubihua assigns 5 keys to the most fundamental strokes used to write Chinese: horizontal, vertical, left-falling, right-falling/dot, and hooked/complex. You press the keys corresponding to at least the first 4 strokes, then press the key corresponding to the last, and it presents you with a ...
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Keyboard method for typing Chinese characters.

20 AUG 2013 by ideonexus

 Chinese Perception of the Past and Future

下 can be used to refer to the future, for example 下周 (below week) means "next week". It is as though the past is seen as being above us and the future below.
Folksonomies: todo semantics synology
Folksonomies: todo semantics synology
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Instead of behind and before us, the future is below and the past is above us (verify this).

15 JUL 2013 by ideonexus

 Parkinson's law of triviality

In the third chapter, "High Finance, or the Point of Vanishing Interest", Parkinson writes about a finance committee meeting with a three-item agenda. The first is the signing of a £10 [4] million contract to build a reactor, the second a proposal to build a £350 bicycle shed for the clerical staff, and the third proposes £21 a year to supply refreshments for the Joint Welfare Committee. The £10 million number is too big and too technical, and it passes in two minutes and a half. The bi...
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Summary provided from Wikipedia until a direct quote can be found. Concept is that the more trivial an issue, the more debate weighed on it because everyone understands the issue enough to have an opinion.

11 MAY 2013 by ideonexus

 The Spectacle of Consumerism

Henri Lef
Folksonomies: todo
Folksonomies: todo
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Advertising and shopping malls form a "permanent theatre".