Homo contextus: connected man and the future of education


I just delivered my presentation at Future of Education conference, that is currently being held completely virtually in the spirit of the age. Thanks to George Siemens for the invitation to throw around a bit of nerve waste and not even being responsible for it icon wink Homo contextus: connected man and the future of education

I used Keynote to prepare the slides, exported them to PDF and then uploaded them to Elluminate. Seems like Elluminate is not doing a perfect job with PDF files because many of my slides had white text and the background was missing: thus revealing nothing to the audience but my words.

So here are the slides as they should have been. Here we go for those who missed the version in full color, under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license:

Homo contextus: connected man and the future of education [PDF, 5.8MB]

In the presentation I will go through 2.5million years of human history. How we developed from brains the size of 500 cubic centimetres to an average of 1500 cubic centimetres of Homo sapiens. I explain how the use of tools (physical, symbolic and social) helped us to overcome problems of great magnitude. Our brains grew along with the evolution to match even more advanced use of tools including abstract symbolic, connected and pattern recognition-based thinking. I define Homo contextus, a connected human overcoming his cognitive limits by using technologies. If the last 2 million years our brains grew physically, next our brains will grow virtually – by using the words of Mashall McLuhan, “electricity is in effect an extension of the nervous system as a kind of global membrane”. Man in the use of technology is perpetually modified by it and in turn finds even new ways of modifying his technology. Man is extending itself to become the complete person again.

I can relate to what I describe as Homo contextus. Are you too, leaving Homo sapiens to become Homo contextus?

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  • http://beewebhead.net Barbara Dieu

    Thanks for the presentation. Most interesting. Pity the pics did not show well…will look at them from here. As for the question at the end of your post, I do not think we ever leave a phase, but like mountains, humankind collects layers, one on top of the other.