Life-long technology

I’m in Italy and I have to say, I need to travel a lot more. When you go to bed in the evening and really feel refreshed of what you have learned during the day, you understand the importance of meeting cultures eye-to-eye. What an eye-opener. I’ve started to promote more the importance of physical lately in relation to virtual, especially in discussions about informal learning. Most effective informal learning I know is a mix of both, not just one or another.

One of the greatest inventions for learning though, are eyeglasses. Now that I’m in Rome, I can say the first recorded use of a corrective lens was by the Roman emperor Nero, who was known to watch the gladiators using an emerald. In common use, glasses first began to appear in northern Italy around 1280s. Also, the Chinese had their hand on this, having glasses in their possession around the same time.

What glasses gave to people around that time was even 20 to 30 years of more time to learn more effectively with tools of thinking (reading and writing). Imagine losing those abilities early on in life. I have glasses and I certainly would be much more stupid without.

Glasses are also one of the first cyborg technologies. Cyborg by definition is a human who has certain physiological processes aided or controlled by mechanical or electronic devices. So when important bodily functions get replaced by technology, you turn into a cyborg. I felt too much human today without wifi access at the Bolzano Conversation ’07 as my “second brain” or “thinking prosthesis” was partly malfunctioning. Thanks god I had my glasses. Frankly, if I hadn’t my glasses, I would be unable to even utilize the computer effectively.

Life-long learning, right on your nose. Yeah. 

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  • chiara

    Hi! (Huomenta :-)

    I’ve been at conversation07. Your speech was great, even without wifi. So, congratulations for your work! I liked the idea “better share than protect” at the most – that’s my way too.

    Chiara Ravagni, PhD Student

  • Glenn

    Hi Teemu
    I’d've been a bit more impressed about the “insight” about spectacles/glasses if you had credited it. A dinner conversation comment initiated by me and agreed to by Oleg and Jan is not your insight and you should not present it as such.
    Nevertheless, thanks for your “blue-sky” thinking at the Bolzano conference.
    Keep in touch.

  • gina

    HI Mr Arina!
    I´ve been at conference in Bolzano and I´ve talked you for few minutes at the end of the conference. I want to underline that your work is very great, in particoular about informall learning.
    keep in touch
    PhD student Bolzano University

  • Teemu Arina

    Glenn, yes it was a shared conversation between us, points on cybords and life-long learning added by me in as we discussed. So credits to Jan and Glenn, too :) (I didnt remember the names when I wrote this the same evening)