Humanity Vs Technology – A “Quote-Unquote” Debate #edcmooc


Humanity vs Technology

This is my digital artefact submission for the E-Learning & Digital Cultures MOOC (EDCMOOC 3 : Nov-Dec14). No, I’m not referring to the image above – that’s just a visualization. I am referring to the presentation below.

I was initially planning to prepare a powerpoint-based video on The Internet Of Things – a subject that fascinates me, but while searching for material to use there in the content, I stumbled upon some powerful quotes on technology. When I dug deeper, I found a wealth of quotes related to differing views on the impact of technology. The quotes bring out beautifully the debate on technology vs humanity and utopia vs dystopia – a debate that is as old as recorded history itself, and eventually, I have ended up building building my artefact on this theme – it is called a “Quote-Unquote” Debate.

And why a presentation featuring quotes ? Well, there is no simple answer to this. However, what I would like to say is that as mankind has evolved, so has technology. From the day and age of the wheel to the age of space travel, we certainly have come a long way. Yet, the viewpoints on technology differ. The dystopian view would be that technology tends to make slaves of us humans, rather than being masters of the technology created by us. The opposite view would perhaps be that we owe our very progress and existence to technology. Are either of the views wrong ?

Not in my view. Both are equally valid. Too much of a good thing can be bad. But then, when we speak of humanity falling prey to technology, we really cannot generalise. In my view, technology is there to make life simpler and more advanced. It all depends on how we use it. Becoming a slave to technology is also a choice, as is using it judiciously. That’s my view, and you, the reader, are welcome to yours. Neither of us would be wrong. The debates on Humanity vs technology have always been there and will continue to rage long after you and I are gone. These quotes, however, bring out the essence of the debate, and I will let the slides speak for themselves.

To view the artefact presentation you have three choices below. Choose the method that suits you best.

Authorstream Embedded Presentation Version

View the presentation while enjoying the audio track. You have full control over navigation through the slides. The slides will advance on clicking, and you have the ability to go backward or forward.

Slideshare Embedded Presentation Version

View it as a simple, no-frills powerpoint presentation, without any audio or animation. You have full control over navigation through the slides. The slides will advance  on clicking, and you have the ability to go forward or backward.

YouTube Embedded Video Version
View the presentation as a video. However, the video will progress as per the preset slide timings and you will have no control over the transition of slides, and depending on your reading speed, you may need to pause the video on some slides in order to read the text fully.

 

Hope you have enjoyed the presentation. Please feel free to leave your valuable comments, suggestions and feedback using the Reply option below.

Thank You !

Discovering Your Ignorance #EDCMOOC #EDCMOOCROCKS


This post was published by me here, earlier this morning

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Discovery Of Ignorance

The more we learn, the more we discover about the extent of our ignorance.  This is an undeniable fact. Till the time one does not try something new, one has no idea how much he /she does NOT know about it, and yes, it is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Take the case of EDCMOOC, for example. Going by the post, many people come here with the notion of discovering what e-learning is all about, and the first thing they realize is that this course will not teach them anything about e-learning – a fact which is mentioned in the course introduction as well. The introduction also states that it is an invitation to view online educational practices through a particular lens – that of popular and digital culture. So many participants, like me, come on board out of sheer curiosity.

It is only when you are on board that you begin to ask yourself …

Hey ! What is this course really about ?

What ? No Lecture videos ?

What ? No Weekly quizzes ?

Are they serious ? I mean, do they really want us to get social and thrash out our ideas in the public spaces ?

How on earth can tweeting and using forums help me to learn ? They’ve got to be kidding.

You mean creating a blog is actually going to enlighten me on what digital cultures are all about ?

And if one answers those questions to oneself in all honesty, that’s when the extent of your ignorance begins to dawn on you. One begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel, only to later discover that the light was always there, and it was the tunnel itself that was an illusion. Yes, that line is borrowed from an anonymous quote – it is not my original.

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The Tunnel Of Ignorance

The more you experiment with the suggested methods, the more you will discover that it is a whole big world of EDCMOOC out there that is vibrant, lively and happening. There are people out there, interacting with each other at any given time of the day, and this is made possible because digital spaces have no time zones, no time restrictions, and someone somewhere in the world is making an important contribution, be it on the discussion forums, on twitter, or facebook, or elsewhere in this vast classroom known as the internet.

EDCMOOC is an experience. It is all about Connectivism and Social Learning. It is about discovering knowledge in the digital arena. It is about discovering yourself. It is much more than discovering about Utopias, Dystopias, Being Human and all the other terms that one discovers in this course. Connectivism is the driving force behind EDCMOOC, and what better example of Connectivism can I give you than this site itself – a creation of common ideas of people who “met” on EDCMOOC, stayed connected even when the last run of EDCMOOC was over. That is what EDCMOOC is capable of doing to you, if you allow yourself to be sucked into this journey of discovery. And trust me on this – if you let yourself be pulled in without resistance, you will discover vistas of knowledge and learning whose existence you were not even aware of before becoming a part of EDCMOOC. It will then be clear that it was always the tunnel of ignorance that was an illusion. And like me and the rest of the admins on EDCMOOC ROCKS, you will continue exploring on this journey of discovery of our own ignorance.