Wednesday, March 12, 2008

World's slowest computer

Another one of the joys of March break and the summer for teachers is having the time to reflect on instructional strategies, best practice etc.

Yes, the 'edublogosphere' has been rife with discussion and use of the new read and write technologies of the Internet. The sheer volume of and speed at which information now travels and the accompanying techno-jargon is causing me 'psychic vertigo' (did I just coin this phrase?)

In the United States the Long Now Foundation seeks to promote slower, better (long term) thinking and to foster creativity and responsibility. One of the foundation's main goals is to construct a 10,000-year clock. It has purchased desert mountain land in eastern Nevada where the clock would be built in white limestone cliffs at 10,000 feet elevation.

The World Clock is also a real 'mind-bender' as it quickly drives home the point of how humans attempt to quantify the tsunami of data that threatens to drown them.

Faster CPUs and more RAM may give us superficial answers more quickly, but the thoughtful and most fruitful answers still require the precious commodity . . . of time . . . thoughts?

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