Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

There's a lot going on in this article as Ben Williamson describes two new research projects that are fraught with risk. The first is "a data-intensive, bioinformatics-driven approach to education remains in development" - basically, using a person's genome to identify their learning needs and potential. The second is a set of "'affect-aware" technologies to gauge and respond to student emotional states" that "aims to make ‘emotional life machine-readable, and to control, engineer, reshape and modulate human behaviour’". Writes Williamson, "New biologized knowledge, produced through complex technical apparatuses by new experts of both the data and life sciences, is being treated as increasingly authoritative."

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