Reading Digest Internet – September 9, 2012

Reading Digest Internet – Aug 25, 2012

  • Skilled work, without the worker – This article highlights use of robots in certain places and industries. “We’re on the cusp of completely changing manufacturing and distribution,” said Gary Bradski, a machine-vision scientist who is a founder of Industrial Perception. I think it’s not as singular an event, but it will ultimately have as big an impact as the internet.”
  • Great interview with Sandra Dodd on unschooling – Some interesting points from the interview

    - Test taking skills aren’t of any use in a social situation.
    - As children learn, parents can learn to see what natural learning looks like, and how it works.Children will need things to touch, hear, taste, see and smell. They need to meet people, and visit different kinds of places.
    - If the parent isn’t living an interesting life at all, and can’t think of interesting things to do, unschooling isn’t going to work very well. ( this point makes me wonder )

  • The Interpretation Of Cultures – Sometimes book reviews are educational. A reviewer has written – “It is the job of an anthropologist to first attempt to understand how an event is interpreted by the culture in which it takes place, then to make an interpretation of that interpretation, and then it is left up to the reader of anthropological writing to interpret the final interpretations”
  • Aaakash Chopra I am not watching the current test matches between India-NZ. But, this analysis is superb and gives insight into lapses on part of a captain.

Television

You enter the house. The modern TV just sits there. Most people have it. All those who can afford have it. There are exceptions. Some don’t keep TV, maybe they strongly believe watching TV is waste. Of course, these days big flat TV is mounted on a wall. It is like an ornament adorning a wall. So, has TV become an essential household item?

What draws us to watching TV? Is it boredom which makes us watch TV to provide us with some succor? Those of us who have been watching TV since childhood, we just switch on everyday, like we do brushing, as a daily ritual.

What are alternatives to watching TV?

I feel internet is definitely providing a stiff challenge to TV. I wonder if some study has been done to find what percentage of people have shifted to internet for news, entertainment etc. I was surprised that one could watch Euro Football matches live on web. And, for knowledge seekers, internet is proving to be a great resource. But, the ownership of computers and internet is very low, especially in a country like India. Even broadband availability is poor.

Will TV ever become extinct?