Not sure what to call this post.

‘The other night I heard and saw one of the fathers of the internet?’ We shall see

[Can’t actually believe that it’s been a year since I last blogged? Lots of conversations around these days about perhaps going back to blogging, longer reads, away from Twitter…again…we shall see. I do enjoy longer form writing and I do quite deliberately not engage in some of the Twitter convos these days. I do like Twitter for links and staying in touch with colleagues around the world…it makes library land closer and i love the sharing].

Anyway back to Vint Cerf. I have been going to quite a few ANU talks after work these days- usually one a week on the way home from work, often an author/book launch. But last week it was the annual J G Crawford Oration at the ANU – Vinton G Cerf, vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google .

Vint arrived in Australia that day, flew to Canberra, had a formal ANU lunch, went over to Tidbinbilla Deep Space Tracking Station and then presented the JG Crawford Oration – all in a day. He has since been to UNSW and is probably now back in the US.

Vint is known as one of the fathers of the internet having co-developed internet protocols TCP and IP with Bob Kahn.

His talk was partly historical with some great photos of early computing and internet, and then his current work developing interplanetary protocols for deep space- the interplanetary internet. [My personal feelings on the development of the interplanetary internet is can’t we get it right or better on earth, can’t we spend this money on more pressing concerns like climate change?]

His two slides on the unfinished internet…

and

these are my notes on some of his points from these slides…

the need for transparency

not to oversell or become overly dependent on AI,

computers were meant to give us time to do other things…

wants public to be sceptical

Vint stated that his frustration was that technology was used to harm, and his response to this was

  • find tech means to stop bad behaviour on the internet
  • develop global laws to enforce
  • and to call out bad behaviour – “don’t do that – it’s wrong” and he commented that this is increasing, norms arising now to call out bad behaviour.

The last part of the evening was 15 minutes in conversation with Professor Genevieve Bell, who is head of ANU’s 3A Institute – that’s Autonomy, Agency and Assurance. I have heard G Bell a few times over the years- the first time many years ago at NLA when Genevieve was with Intel working as an anthropologist. I think that increasingly the work that the 3A Institute was developed to do is so important … ” to build a new applied science around the management of artificial intelligence, data and technology and of their impact on humanity”, from https://cecs.anu.edu.au/3a-institute

Genevieve commented that over the formal lunch on that day she had detected a thread of anxiety about the future and asked Vint for two ways people could build a positive future.

His reply

  1. Be serious about digital literacy. Do not underestimate the fragility of digital content. The medium is not guaranteed. He asked us to think about our phones and all the pictures we take. He said that when he is asked about the best way to keep photos he says, print them out on good quality paper and they should last 100, 150 years.
  2. Critical thinking – activate and encourage critical thinking. Information overload was pre-internet. Had anyone ever read all the books published? Seek out trustable sources. Consume. Reject. Think. Seek.

Two pretty obvious spaces/opportunities for libraries – where libraries are and should be.

Oh, and of his work as Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, Vint works and travels for the 3.8 billion people that are not online. He evangelises (?) the internet as a means of increasing health and income outcomes. Making the internet useful!

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Kathryn asks the question – what’s your blog all about?

Well?

Probably

  • life, including bereavements
  • family
  • parenting
  • music
  • movies
  • reading
  • some library?

In fact if you want to know, my most popular post ever is ….

da da

Holy farting Birkenstocks – true. I think because it is a problem (suction, air, farting noises at times)

I guess it has always been more of a blog of bits of me with no special emphasis.

Why don’t I blog about my profession? Not sure, do I need topics to guide?

Truth right now is that I busy just learning my job these days, and I am doing the best jigsaw right now (pic to come sometime), and a few projects being hatched that are taking my energy and time right now.

What I know i missed through not taking part in #blogjune is the community.


Someone, not someone, a dear friend…sent me an email today.

A photo of a rainbow and the wish that i had rainbows in my line of sight…

Perfect.

Dont want to feel anxious about a bunch of projects at work, so concentrating on other things right now…

Started reading ‘all the light we cannot see’

And just back from the movies with a poet friend ‘a silent passion’

And that rainbow.

Life is good.

postscript

#glamblogweekly like the idea of a weekly blog


I love that I learn. I learn what I love. I love that I live. I sometimes (still) surprise myself.

What did I learn in 2016?

grab opportunities – a new work opportunity came up, and I embraced it, grabbed it and I love it! I left almost 13 years in an academic library to work at ALIA in this job. Now I’m working across all types of libraries, and the LIS and GLAM sector.

don’t let things slide – like the old frog happily sitting in a pot of water that is slowly coming to the boil…I don’t want to let things slide like they did…I was unhappy. I acknowledge that. But I couldn’t move on. Or wasn’t looking in the right directions. I was fighting bureaucracy and the system. I was letting my unhappiness consume me. Some things you can change. And some things you cannot – so acknowledge and work with it or acknowledge and move on.

what goes around sometimes comes around again – in a past life/job I was an employment counselor, and a (small) part of my job now is talking to people about working/studying/possibilities in the LIS sector.

moving on doesn’t mean losing touch – hangouts, Skype, email, Instagram – they are all great ways for me to stay in touch with colleagues. And I am co-presenting a paper at ALIA Online next month with a special colleague and friend.

i waste time – not so new this revelation, but trying for more purposeful reading and reflecting for 2017

life never stands still  – now is my/our time to travel – the kids have left home (mostly)

*don’t fight myself – seriously, my worst enemy is me. always.

 

#glamblogclub

*this one has really nothing to do with 2016. ongoing!

 


Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for a few years now but I suspect it will really gain real traction in 2017…

I saved this just last month from the Guardian – The complete guide to virtual reality.

AR mentioned in 2017 Trends, AR in Facebook as a trend for 2017.

But the difference between AR and VR…as the Guardian story says….’While virtual reality is about immersing you in an entirely virtual world, viewed through a screen in your headset, the real world outside you isn’t part of the experience – at least not until you trip over the cat or accidentally knock out your child while immersed elsewhere. But augmented reality, as the name suggests, is about augmenting or adding to reality reality. You might be looking at your cat or up your street, but there could be digital characters and content overlaid on them’.

Aurasma is an AR app. I can see the use for it especially in teaching/learning.

Pokemon Go was a huge hit in 2016 so 2016 was probably the year that AR became mainstream.

Pokémon Go traffic advisory

Pokémon Go traffic advisory

 

Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pok%C3%A9mon_Go_traffic_advisory_(day-crop).png


Great idea and something that I know higher education are doing to a great or not so great degree.

These types of apps do need to be interactive…not just a bunch of links and maps/floorplans (although maps v useful!) but really helpful stuff and social media feeds. The orientation and transition…that first 6 weeks of uni or school is so very important!

It did make me take a look at what is happening in this space in HE in Australia. But it’s the wrong time of year and orientation for 2017 is still a way off so I was unable to find any orientation apps just now that fit this.


Dartfish is a video analysis app and the main use is for sportspeople to video and analyse their performance. The example was showing tennis strokes and the ability of the app to analyse the videos and provide screenshots that can be annotated and shared etc. Videos can also be downloaded and viewed offline.

This looks quite revolutionary in terms of mobile access – coaches and performers can now use an iPad/mobile device to quickly record, view and feedback.

Could also be used for other settings such as in practice interviews in clinical settings??

App is £6.99




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