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The problem is not information overload, but how to deal with it

“El reto tecnológico mas importante es como tratar tal cantidad de informacion: encontrar puntos, unir esos puntos y entender esos puntos. Ese es el problema.”

Eric Hasseltine Director Investigacion de la NSA 2002-2005 (National Security Agency)

A balanced combination of science, philosophy, and  mankind´s natural selective skills and capacities will eventually bring forth a definite solution/method to deal with information overload. Education must play a essential role in order to prepare future generations for a world in which not “just” ALL information imaginable will be at a mouse-click distance, but PRECISELY the information needed.

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Destruction of Neuss (1586): modern and contemporary sources

Antique Map Neuss Braun, Georg & Hogenberg, Franz

In order to accurately translate /expand my selected Wikipedia article – entitled  “Destruction of Neuss” (source language: english/flemish) – into Spanish , I have decided to deepen into the proposed subject not only through the study of the references that have been used to construct the chosen Wikipedia article, but also through a personal selection of both modern and nearly contemporary sources. The references that serve as sources for the translation /expansion of the aforementioned Wikipedia article have been selected according to two main criteria: relevance and citation impact.

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Digital natives: born to be online?

December 19, 2011 1 comment

Digital Baby CartoonAccording to Marc Prensky- who coined the terms digital native back in 2001

students today are all native speakers of the digital language of computers, video games and the Internet

For the last three decades, children in the first world have been growing up in an increasingly technological and digitalized environment: cell phones, PCs and DVD´s  have given way to smartphones, laptops, tablets, I-pads, blueray and interactive video games, and most importantly, cyberspace and social networking. Digital natives develop new skills and capacities as they are raised in a technological society: in fact, Prensky claims digital natives “think and process information fundamentally differently”. Read more…

The key to the future: social networks and global communication

December 14, 2011 2 comments

William Uricchio suggests that  “the future of social media is rooted in the past”. Social networking is a natural consequence of our human condition: Aristotle claimed more than 2000 years ago that man is by nature a social animal. Mankind has always sought new and more sophisticated ways to communicate. We witnessed the dawn of a digital era that will surpass everything we ever imagined in terms of information flow. Internet transformed our lifestyles and social behavior, as the physical world and the limitations implied do not exist in cyberspace. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn allow us to meet our friends and reach and interact with almost anybody online: for the first time in history, a new boundless parallel world of communication lays open to discovery. What will the next step be?

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La red y la inteligencia colectiva: ¿Utopía o realidad?

November 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Podemos afirmar con Pierre Lévy que si deseamos tener algún futuro, la clave consiste en coordinar nuestras actuaciones (políticas, económicas, científicas) a escala mundial, basándonos en decisiones conjuntas, en el sentido común, el respeto mutuo. Si las nuevas tecnologías nos ayudan en el proceso facilitando el desarrollo de la inteligencia colectiva, bienvenidas sean.

La web del futuro expresará la inteligencia colectiva de una humanidad mundializada e interconectada a traves del ciberespacio”  (Pierre Lévy,2003) Read more…

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