Author Archives: longpd

About longpd

I'm a technologist and lapsed evolutionary biologist with an incandescent passion for new modes of seeing and learning.

The gig economy and STEM work

The impact of the gig economy is pervasive, including technical and scientific work. A recent publication in Nature highlighted some of the impacts that those graduating with Ph.D.’s face seeking jobs and their role in the emerging independent freelance workforce. … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Reading

Saturday mornings are a time when I sit down with a cup of coffee and do some ‘lateral reading’. What does that mean? I have some initial ideas of where I want to start reading but I then follow leads, … Continue reading

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Education 2020

Post Factual Times of Magical Thinking –Dec. 14, 2016 [This is the tag line that will begin writings that fall into the strange world after Nov.7th, 2016.]   How do you address the possible futures of education in 2020?  We … Continue reading

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AI applied to VA de-identified healthcare records

Yesterday, Nov. 29th, Flow Health announced a five-year partnership with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to build a medical “knowledge graph” using AI to inform medical decision-making and train AI to personalize care plans. This is a big … Continue reading

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Blockchains as a fresh angle toward centralizing power and wealth?

  Recently a post from Manuel Oretga in the blog Las Indias in English titled “The blockchain is a threat to the distributed future of the Internet” attacked what he sees as thinly veiled corporate centralization of the internet through … Continue reading

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Inaugural Leadership Roundtable on Academic Transformation, Digital Learning, and Design: Towards The Creation of a Discipline?

I was privileged to attend a gathering recently at Georgetown University to talk about the creation of a new academic discipline around learning design.  What follows are some reflections from that stimulating meeting. There is a flurry of work going … Continue reading

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Innovation – the “Special Forces” model and Pateur’s Quadrant: impact for TEL in Higher Ed

Innovation is described by some as ‘connecting the dots’. The iconoclastic chief of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, uses the mantra “A-B-C-D. (Always Be Connecting the Dots).” The magic in this recipe is seeing the dots in the first … Continue reading

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