Competition Trumps Participation

"Among richer families, youth sports participation is actually rising. Among the poorest households, it’s trending down. Just 34 percent of children from families earning less than $25,000 played a team sport at least one day in 2017, versus 69 percent from homes earning more than $100,000. In 2011, those numbers…

The Bar For Being Human Just Got Raised Again

As artificial intelligence continues to improve through both hardware and software engineering advances it'll get to the point where it starts to overtake low functioning human beings.  Then it'll overtake average human beings.  At some point it'll overtake the smartest human beings on the planet.  Ray Kurzweil called this point the…

Bare Minimums

I've had a go at professionalism a number of times on Dusty World.  You might even call it a recurring theme.  Here I go again... "Wha'dyou care?  You get paid whether we learn anything or not." In one simple sentence a kid in my son's grade 10 applied math class…

The Future Coming Into Focus

This isn't the end, it's just a stage of evolution (an annoying one). We quickly get used to the idea that things will always stay the same.  For a while there it looked like we'd all be on desktop computers, then laptops became more common and wireless internet matured in…

Wearing Out Willpower: edfail!

http://www.cbc.ca/strangeanimal/2011/07/19/why-do-we-lack-will-power/ So, forcing people to constantly modify their behavior wears out their willpower and causes measurable deficiencies in their mental abilities. You can expect a 10-30% decrease in mental skills if you wear people out by forcing them to waste their willpower on maintaining arbitrary social norms..... how do we…

Digital Collars

Originally published on Dusty World in April, 2014: Wise Europeans have begun enacting legislation to protect people from the relentless onslaught of digital noise.  Coincidentally, I've recently had a number people lamenting the digital ties that bind them.  An article on how students can't hold a conversation any more and…
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