Not as relevant to my topic anymore, but the majority of the research I’ve done does focus on the topic of education. In my Bush nugget, I talked about the specialization of different fields and how there is only so much time and energy we have to dedicate to one subject to learn and be sufficient in. Being a “Jack of all trades” has the benefit of being handy in minor areas, but will not have the same usefulness as being a master. However, as said in the Licklider nugget I chose, computers are capable of being proficient in more than one subject and can assist us mere humans in learning these subjects and the. But can computers know too much; to the point where we can’t work together because one knows more than the other? It was brought to my attention in the comments section of the nugget that even though computers may know more than us, we have to feed that knowledge to it. A computer’s knowledge is a collection of the intelligence of everyone who contributes, very similar to a Pinterest board (whose website is a collaboration of pins others post).
In my Engelbart nugget, I focused on the use of taking notes and sketches in order for us to better retain information we learn and as a way to explain that information back at us (if you sketch a diagram you’re teaching yourself how that thing works by drawing in each part). Sketching also creates visual interest and might be the thing school systems need to become less standardized, a problem that Nelson saw when it came to students memorizing information (more so on the computer) . His solution was to include creativity into the student’s curriculum in order to get students more involved and to actually learn the information rather than just memorize it (kind of what I already said).
In regards to Bush’s specialization snippet, I think of social media as multi-talented. Using Facebook as an example, we can instantly chat with friends, post pictures and video, write statuses about the most important and mundane things in life, view personal information and visual biographies of all these people. It’s an amazing space and the way it organizes everything is something I think Engelbart would approve. Everything has a place and is relatively easy to find (although I still find myself complaining every time Facebook has one of their updates). There are also visual cues that help guide us through the site or alert us; the red notifications number that appears in the upper right corner, green dots for people who are online and available to chat, etc.
A bit of a comedic stretch, but because of our use of smartphones, we seem to be on Facebook all the time; almost to the point where people and Facebook have become one. (Get it? Man-computer symbiosis?) While I’m sure Licklider wouldn’t laugh at that either, let me flesh out an actual thought: we post so much on Facebook (and other social media), give it so much information about ourselves that our profile pages do become our digital selves. We have personality and an image online, we interact with others and make decisions. It’s not a biological life form, but an extension of our physical selves in the digital world, and I guess could arguably be a form of metaphorical symbiosis between us and the computer.
My nugget from Nelson has to make an even further stretch, but I guess we could say that school systems could use social media to break away from standardization; basically what Engelbart would want to do.
All the connections I can make using this tag are very similar if not the same to the previous ones (seeing as Pinterest is a form of social media). But let’s give it a go.
Pinterest can specialize in many areas as people can pin many different things– in fact, we can go further and say that Pinterest organizes all these “specialties” into pin boards (but more on that in the next section). All these specialties tend to be related, for example a lot of people who have boards about clothes will also have boards about makeup, and the site makes searching for relatable things easier. Pinterest will display images and pins similar to yours on your homepage to help you find more boards to follow (it uses your interests to pair them up with someone else’s; a type of “thinking ahead”).
While all this talk about photos may make the site sound like a mess, the site is very well organized and visually guides its users through their pin feed. The images contour to each other to create a collage that still fits neatly on the screen. Plus the pin boards allow users to organize all their pins neatly, and can create as many boards as they want (from what I know, anyway). The organization of these pins are also great as they don’t make the site feel standardized and concrete. The hyperlinks are the easiest to access that I’ve ever come across, and more approachable than the long blue/green urls like this one: http://www.marketingfirst.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/text-too-long.jpg.
Pinterest and other social medias are great because they’ve created curating (that is, the selecting, organizing, and presenting of items or things) much easier now that it can be digital. Granted, the majority of the curating that goes on within Pinterest isn’t on a professional level, but at the same time that means it doesn’t take one to be an expert at any subject on the site. People can pin whatever they want and learn about whatever they want on the internet. The combination of this self-teaching through interest and organizing these items on Pinterest visually makes it easier to memorize and learn the material. Social medias also aid in us finding material related to things we search and keep track of/pin (as stated earlier).