This week (week 4) the Sydney edcmooc study group has decided to reflect on one of the questions Jeremy posed in his introductory video – what would a transhuman education look like?
The obvious thing that springs to mind for me is some kind of memory implant for students – a la the Matrix ‘I know kung fu’. A quick google search shows that this idea is not as far-fetched as it seems, with scientists already working on memory restoration, and another saying to ‘check back in a couple of hundred years’ for the full Matrix learning experience.
And what kind of brain implants or enhancements might an educator want? How about some kind of vision that allows them to see students’ thought processes, and difficulties with the topic? (I once saw a video ‘abstract’ of a paper on this – not an implant, but some kind of visualisation tool for educators, but of course I can’t find it now). And what of the ethical issues associated with this?
If I was able to select one type of ‘brain implant’ for myself, it would be something that helps remind me of people’s names 🙂