Learning, changing and thinking

Here are some of the observations and insights shared via Twitter this past week. 

In a Complex World, Continuous Learning & Simple Truths Prevail by @CharlesJennings

Despite the sophistication, the big brains and the resources available to the traders and executives in Lehmann Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and the rest, it appears they failed to see this simple truth. That no matter how smart you are, you still needed to carry on learning.

It also appears they were unaware of another simple truth – that continuous learning is the only sustainable asset in a world of constant change.

This study of 25,000 people across 19 countries debunks some assumptions about Gen Y work preferences – via @aaronsilvers

For example, we frequently hear that Gen Y are beating the drum for new working practices – demanding the freedom to work remotely, make use of stimuli such as social networks and to continually have the latest ‘must-have’ technologies.

But the study found that the reality is very different. In fact, younger staff expressed 15-20 per cent less desire than their older colleagues to choose their time and place of work – they actively seek out every opportunity to be in the office in the closest proximity to their boss.

Siri: the hole in the dam for natural language computing –  by @DonaldClark

1. Talking means better learning
E-learning usually puts something between the learner and content – a device. It can be a keyboard, mouse, touchscreen, joystick… whatever. This physical device requires cognitive effort and almost certainly distracts and diminishes the cognitive bandwidth available for attention and processing by the learner. Ideally, there would be no such device. Voice is, in fact, how most everyday communication takes place. We see and speak to each other without any interloper. You didn’t have to learn to speak and listen but you did have to spend years learning how to read, write and use computers. It’s good to talk as it’s how we learn.

Hans de Zwart: 1) Technology is not just a tool, it is not “neutral” 2) You can help change technology for the better – thoughtful presentation on digital civil rights:


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