• What's In A Name

    My story started in 2014 after reading Ray Kurzweil's book The Singularity Is Near. I've heard that Master Ray launched a university to teach the concepts and ideas in the book but I figured that if he is right about his mind-blowing predictions then the ones most affected are today's kids. A student entering elemntary school today will spend 17 years in "the system" until she or he finishes the mandatory K12 and graduates in a college or university. So by the time our oung adult wants to earn a living (hopefully in a way that bring fulfillment and self-realization) a lot of the things in the book will have happened. (BTW I love future perfect in English. "will have happened", great)
    So I declared we need a
    Singularity Preschool. Named after Elvis' song If I Can Dream, I call it Warmer Sun. I was looking for a .com domain and most other words were taken 😉

     

    There must be peace and understanding sometime
    Strong winds of promise that will blow away the doubt and fear
    If I can dream of a warmer sun
    Where hope keeps shining on everyone
    Tell me why, oh why, oh why won't that sun appear
     

    I went down different rabbit holes 🐇🕳️...

    • running afterschool programs in community center - but they plan ahead half a year and want a proven program ➡️ running them at home - but cannot advertise in the local school when the secretary hears the word "electric" she freaks out. I tell her it's a 1.5V battery and she can lick it 👅🔋 (what I meant was that it is safe to test with your tongue if it still has charge... ) ➡️ running them online ... yay, VR is awesome ... check out my gallery in the metaverse.
    • STEM - I'm not saying it's not important; it is... but not everyone will be an engineer or scientist. On the other hand,, everyone's life will be impacted by the tsunamis of changes coming. Maker movement, Maker Education. - these seem to focus on a single technology, like 3D printing ➡️ need to cover all of them to have an overarching cognitive framework ➡️ polymath people are awesome
    • did a YouTube webshow, reacting style - kids wanted more engagement ➡️ tried Kahoot - yay, games are fun ➡️ made a tabletop game. The mini game versions are easy to understand and teach the idea of convergence. The main attraction where I threw the whole kitchensink of ideas in has proven too hard to play. I learned it's called the Curse of Knowledge. ↗️ the game needed an introductory course and becomes the award for those who go through the learning. I call it Progress and Predictions. ↘️ I also took the categorization of emTechs and visual elements from the game and turned it into a more serious visual thinking tool - following in the footsteps of the Business Model Canvas and similar canvases: the Convergence Canvas.
    • also learned that while data driven optimism has merit and the world is getting better and the various emerrging technologies give us superpowers ... NOOO, I'm not going to say the SpiderMan line... there are huge problems left. ➡️ more learning, waking up with Greta Thunberg tweets, looking for solutions ➡️ another book by Master Ray: 📚 Danielle, Chronicles of a Superheroine was an eye opener (again). (Well, it's really 3 books together: 1 fiction book + 2 companion books. ➡️ totally tried to build a book club for it... ➡️ used the list of problems in the book - in addition to the UN SDGs for problem cards in the game above ☝️ ... used AI to generate artwork for each. 👀 Have a look, I think they're cool.

     

    Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
    - Sir Winston Churchill

     

    So yeah... I must have left out a lot. I'm alway seeking out people to learn from. I'm a memeber in Mensa, Peter Diamandis' Abundance community and the Singularity University online community and I'm one of the 5 people who actually watch Stephen Wolfram's videos. (Fine, he's into 4 digits view cunt now.)

    Except for TKS 👍 and a failed attempt by SU and the brillliant IdeaCo I don't know of a program that teaches the exponential progress of information enabled - so called "emerging" - technologies (AKA the Law of Accelerating Returns) to a young and broad audience. I want to change this.

     

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