Saturday, November 09, 2013

Subaru EyeSight

▶ Subaru EyeSight® Overview - YouTube:

clever and useful: computers helping driving cars
two cameras, almost like Microsoft Kinect

Subaru Details Second-Generation EyeSight Driver-Assistance Technology – News – Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog

Thomas Alva Edison "Inventions"

The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World: Randall E. Stross: 9781400047635: Books:

"Thomas Edison’s greatest invention? 
His own fame.

...he managed his own fame, becoming the first great celebrity of the modern age."

With no formal education, he was experimenting, and paying others to experiment, taking chances until something worked, and then promoting that extensively...
It was a business, not a science... 

Schools & Technology

Diane Ravitch: 3 Dubious Uses of Technology in Schools: Scientific American:

How Big Data Is Taking Teachers Out of the Lecturing Business: Scientific American

podcast interview: Diane Ravitch | Daniel H. Pink

book: Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools: Diane Ravitch: 9780385350884: Books
From one of the foremost authorities on education in the United States, former U.S. assistant secretary of education, “whistle-blower extraordinaire...

A warning about dangers of focus on testing instead on learning,
a misuse o technology to replace public schools with for-profits, 
and collecting of private data of students. 

In her view, biggest issue affecting school results is poverty,
and test results are proportional to wealth, measuring only ability to take tests.