Thinking Better with Machines

I’ve been teaching a version of my Introduction to Social Media course since 2002. Throughout the years, I’ve vacillated between a course on thinking and a course on building a social website.

After years of experimenting, I’ve finally settled on a course that explores how we can use social technologies to think better (with a nod to students then building a self-hosted WordPress site to house these processes.)

My absolute favorite lecture in this course is Thinking Better with Machines (Google Drive PPT with links and embedded videos), which is an exploration of the philosophies behind the construction of social technologies so that students can better consider how to use these powerful tools. Since I teach this course online, the syllabus and lectures are available to everyone, but I thought I’d post the Thinking Better with Machines lecture.

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  • […] Fortunately, their arguments don't hinder my ability to teach, and so my students have technological philosophy foisted upon them. My students are first introduced to Vannevar Bush, who argued in 1945 that we needed technology tools that help humans Think Better with Machines. […]