One of the Biggest Risks is Being Too Cautious…

Dan Colman, Open Culture, Dec 23, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

One of the biggest risks, says 'Professor Risk' David Spiegelhalter, is being too cautious. This is one of the insights in this short 6-minute video released as part of Cambridge University's Cambridge Ideas series. This video introduces the idea of the "micromort" - a one in a million chance of dying. On a bike, you get 20 miles per micromort, one tenth the 200 you get in a car. On a motorcycle, you get only 6 miles per micromort (presumably these are British statistics). Anyhow, what I like about this is that it's a nice open and informal way of presenting knowledge, using a technology that can be embedded anywhere. Related: TED videos that support learning.
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