Today's blog is a continuation of a past post (Sustainability) about humanity and artificial intelligence. I have reflected on the subject and have a few new insights to offer. Read on...
Some time ago, our glowing rectangles used to provide very low-resolution images. Pong. Space invaders. You know what I'm describing. From a neuroscience perspective, these extremely simple graphics forced us to use our imagination. Using your imagination develops your creativity.
Technology moved on to 32x16 and 40x25 text screens. The medium is the message; any technology is a medium and innately affects the message it carries. (You can verify this yourself: write the same thought on a primitive technology like paper, as a social media message, and then as a unrestricted-length text document on a computer. Compare and contrast.) How did the message change?
Have you been “crushing it” lately? Are you working in a company that is going to “disrupt” something? Would you like to sit down and talk with a “thought leader” today?
If these are your yardsticks for success, you might find yourself with a yard stick like the above: crushed personal space, a disrupted life, and a lot of unactionable ideas about how to get the thing off your lawn.
What we value today is not how future generations will judge us. What if we paused for a moment to consider what they might say?
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” – Unknown; Multiple People
We are told that learning outcomes are the output of a teacher, a student, and a prepared input. (The prepared input is an assignment, job, take-home worksheet, some edtech, etc.) This output is quantized as a fixed assessment: a grade or percent.
The advance of neuroscience is increasingly casting an ominous shadow on the validity of these assessments: they are not measuring what conventional belief says they measure.
Keep reading if you want to understand Shift Sight’s compass for navigating these waters.
I tried to write this post five times tonight. I was not happy with my work each time. Our relocation has taxed the Shift Sight team more than I initially believed, so the blog is taking a break this week.
All other activities are moving forward as quickly as possible.
“If you get tired learn to rest, not to quit.” – Banksy
I hope that you find the new progress page useful! The page does not include dates or deadlines due to our Teal approach: if schedule is your control variable, quality will suffer. As you might expect from us, quality is our preferred control variable.
The recipe for tonight's post has a helping of infrastructure with a pinch of longevity.
Due to lengthy website rework compounded by our relocation, I have decided to resume writing the company blog. It was one of our most popular features, and it has been neglected for too long.
While working through our website updates, I kept wanting to write that Jade is a sustainable tool for creating a sustainable future. Tonight, I want to reflect on this sentiment.
Shift Sight HQ has relocated, but we are still working out of boxes. Our primary computer is setup and has resumed rendering models / video 24/7 for the WIP website overhaul. We are still pushing with full momentum: there is not a second to lose.
I wanted to share an iFixit link describing the necessity of durable electronics. The quick facts at the top say it all: recycling is not a long-term solution, as approximately 30% of material is lost in the process. You cannot remove pristine egg yolk from a baked cake.
Look forward to regular updates soon!
Just a quick, irregularly-timed update: we are in the middle of relocating Shift Sight HQ. The blog post on Aug. 4th may be delayed accordingly. See you soon!
Life rarely goes as we expect. It is not survival of the fittest, but survival of the adaptable. We've had numerous obstacles that are affecting the delivery of the website overhaul. I'm very thankful for your patience, and I wish that I could show you more of our work-in-process.
Unfortunately, showing you would spoil the surprise. I hope that you agree that some things are worth waiting for! Due to the issues, I will keep the blog updates short so I can stay focused on the overhaul.
The image posted above is a screencap of one of seven videos we have under wraps. It is the disassembly of Jade, performed with only a Philips screwdriver. We believe that you should own your stuff and be able to open it.
See you next week!
Ty is a Founder of Shift Sight, LLC.