May 10, 2004

Knowledge web

[Via John Battelle's newsletter] W. Daniel Hillis's Aristotle project -

Aristotle would begin by asking you how much time you're willing to devote to this project and the level of detail you want. Then Aristotle would show you a map of what you need to learn. The tutor program does this by comparing what you know to what needs to be known to design fault-tolerant modules. It knows what needs to be known because this is a common problem faced by many engineers, and knowledgeable teachers have identified the key concepts many times. Aristotle knows what you know because it has worked with you for a long time. There may be some things you're familiar with that Aristotle doesn't know you know, but you can point these things out to Aristotle when it shows you the learning plan. Aristotle might take your word for what you know, but it is more likely to quiz you about some of the key concepts, just to make sure.

I added a new category in the archive list - Leapfrog. Thinking is that tools and techniques for knowledge acquisition are evolving rapidly, to such an extent that one can plot a leapfrogging strategy and structure their knowledge acquisition. It would be fun to capture all advances happening under search, semantic web, social interaction and innovation and eventually funnel all that in forming a parallel schooling system for kids. I haven't given up on my dream of ideal schooling system.

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