humans working socially

Automation is that jagged little pill you can’t get down no matter how much water you drink.  The text that follows is taken verbatim from Harold Jarche’s site.  I can’t improve upon it.

A lot of traditional human work is getting automated, by machines or software.

I don’t know how much work will be automated or what sectors will be hit the hardest, as estimates by all experts vary widely. But I do know that people make bad computers and very unhappy robots. Therefore we should not compete with the machines for the type of work they do well, requiring — perseverance, compliance, intelligence, and diligence. There are some human attributes that machines are not very good at — intuition, empathy, creativity, and social intelligence.

As machines do more repeatable processes and even complicated work, people have to look at what we do best. Working socially, we can address barely repeatable processes for complex situations and over time make parts of them repeatable for the machines to handle. In addition, when we combine the analytical capabilities of machines, we can develop machine-assisted processes and tap into machine expertise in order to do even more complex and creative work.

In my opinion, this is the future of work. To prepare for it people have to develop social learning skills in addition to working in this machine-augmented world. We will have to play nice with other people, and play well with the machines. If a workplace is not optimized for humans working socially, it will be left behind.

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Remixing Hypothes.is: Agency and Adjacency

robin eggs in a nest

I had an interview with Remi Kalir Saturday morning about Hypothes.is. It is part of his research effort to look more deeply into Hypothes.is as it is used in professional contexts. I mentioned to him the need to go further with what is generated in the margins that Hypothes.is enables, to not abandon them, to use/re-use them. Below is an attempt to think out loud about what I mean.

Here is the original piece that was slated for annotation.

I took Kevin Hodgson’s (@dogtrax) reply here

and remixed it as scene from a play.

(Scene follows.)

A Re-purposed Annotation

K: I don’t have the answers.

T: Thank the gods.

K: I just know.

T: What do you know?

K: We need to keep pushing against the testing machine

T: Speak it, Brother Lud

K: And the infrastructure horse it rode in on.

T: Amen and what the hell else.

K: Find paths forward, sideways, up around and through to help our students.

T: What if we can’t see clearly?

K: Do it, even if the path is not always visible. Especially then.

T: We can’t do this alone. We need each other…

K: …we need voices…

T: …in the margins supporting the work and learning going on…

K: ..we need networks, communities, affinity spaces, whatever you dare to call it.

T: Mos def, we need to raise the stakes.

K: I see your raise and call ya. Whadya got?

T: A heart flush.

K: A winnuh!

 

We could take any number of the other responses in the sidebar annotations of the original article  and do the same.  Make poems, multimodal works, original essays inspired by them, collaborative how-to’s, etc. . I am reminded of what Scott Bradlee does with PostModernJukebox–adapts pop songs to other times and styles. Why not that here? We just can’t thoughtlessly abandon the time and care invested in these “nests”. They are clearly more than sidebars. They have eggs in them.

If we don’t intent to hatch them, then we need to make it apparent that what we are doing from the beginning is intrinsic only.  I think that these sidebars represent great sources of agency and profound nudges toward the adjacent possible that  Stuart Kauffman suggests is at the heart of innovation and evolution.

P.S. This post represents another repurposing, a thinking out loud that might drive traffic and interest back to the original post which leads to more annotations and further re-purposings.   Amen.

Tweetstormin’/Threadin’/Momentin’

What I like is the “Burma Shave Sign” effect. What I like is how much media you can mix into this. This has an Edison flickers feel to it. Just turn the crank and view. Very hands on. What I like is how I can treat Twitter like a blog

What I don’t like is that I can figure out how to embed the whole thread at once from my Twitter home page. I don’t think they have that function. It would be so useful if they did. What I don’t like is how I have to put the hashtage in every tweet if you want it to stay together. Also, there is no numbering of the tweets.

I was able to move the tweets into a moment. That be twitterspeke for the twitterati. You can create collections of tweets on twitter called ‘moments’. So I put the tweets into a moment. Well, that sorta worked, but it takes you away from the blog to view. So…this is poor substitute for Storify. Compared to Storify, it sucks. Otherwise, give it a spin