Energy and Power – Lectures and Activity 2

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Note: All of this is also outlined in the Course Schedule. Here I provide more detail. Be aware of the individual and group work days 2.27 – 3.2 as well as Quiz 3 on 2.27 (Chapters 8 and 9).

Friday 2.17 – In-Class Video: The Shareable Future of Cities

In class on Friday 2.17, we’ll watch and briefly discuss the TED talk, Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities (you can view the full transcript via the link — click on the interactive transcript button). While watching the video, I invite you to livetweet your impressions to #stem110t on Twitter.

We’ll then move through the following slides on the basic concepts of Energy and Power (ODU Google login req’d). These aren’t in your textbook (nor will they be on the next quiz), but they will be important foundational concepts.

Individual Blog Post: “The Shareable Future of Cities” – Activity 2 (20 points)

Publish on your own blog by Monday 2.20 at 11.55pm

While watching the video (and you can work on this over the weekend), compose a new blog post entry titled,

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Human language as form of technology?

I wanted to follow-up on a very important question asked by (if I recall correctly) Taylor and Dillon in the afternoon class for which there was not enough time to discuss, but that still demands some additional conversation here on our course blog. Here, I offer a better articulated response than the one I gave in class, along with some helpful reading.

Your thoughts are welcome in the comments.

In class, the question was asked

Does human language constitute a form of technology?

Let’s start by revisiting our definition of technology from Lecture 1:

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Lecture and the Matrix Friday 1.27

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I will post later some slides that will explain in more detail some of the key terms from the text that we went over in class today. I was happy with the challenge that you went through making familiar connections with concepts about which you have less familiarity.

You can use analogies to relate new information with existing knowledge. This ability — although you struggled a bit with it today — is crucial to continue thinking about and practicing, especially in preparation for your final group presentations.

Did You Know?

What we discussed in class today about routers and switches, WAN and LAN, fiber optic cables and Ethernet all amounts to one thing:

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Some helpful (but not required) startup readings

Indy Startup Weekend

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Some helpful (but not required) reading for your groups. Pick and choose — you don’t have to read them all. Skim them, even. They’re here for you whenever you want to check them out.

Discussion Prompt

What do you think about your problem and your group after reading one or more of these essays? Where do you go from here? Do these essays alter the course you were thinking of going in? How so?

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