Monday, March 04, 2013

Future of University Campus by Scott Page

Counterfactual Campus: Scott Page, 2112 and the Resilient Idea on Vimeo:

Counterfactual Campus: Scott Page, 2112 and the Resilient Idea from Wisc Institute for Discovery on Vimeo.

On the first day of the first Counterfactual Campus event, Scott Page, Director of the Center for Complex Systems at the University of Michigan, talks about the future of education and innovation

He starts with quote from John F. Kennedy:
"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on"

Scott Page is teaching online class "Model Thinking" at Coursera
But he also thinks that classic "campus" has a future, and this presentation elaborates how and why.
"Universities are perhaps the most resilient of all human institutions"

He cited Clark Kerr from University of California
"The three purposes of the University?--To provide sex for the students, sports for the alumni, and parking for the faculty"

On a more serious note, Scott Page suggest that universities are good place for creating knowledge,
and for continuous education ("DIKW") for alumni and a "logistics" for faculty. No change for students :)

Data => Information => Knowledge => Wisdom.

Data: Captured phenomena

Information: coded, classified, categorized data

Knowledge: relationships between information

Wisdom: capacity to apply relevant knowledge

Explicit Knowledge => Tacit Knowledge

Passive Learning (Lectures) => Active Learning (Interactive)

"Knowing is not enough; We must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do."
-- Goethe

Redis on Windows, MSOpenTech

Download – Redis

Redis is a simple, high-performance, open-source, key-value store (NoSQL, BigData).
It is originally developed on Linux,
but "by popular demand" it is now also on Windows.
The source is on GitHub, and pre-compiled windows binaries are also included
in downloadable Zip (in folder /msvs/bin/release/).

There is an interesting "story behind"...
The original Windows port of Redis is done by Dušan Majkić from Belgrade, Serbia,
and since then Microsoft has launched a new company
"Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc."
that is dedicated for supporting open source projects on Windows platfroms, in particular on Azure.
Redis was first, but there is also node.js, Hadoop and many more...
MS Open Tech projects

interoperability @ Microsoft

MSOpenTech @ GitHub

The Little Redis Book

free e-book