The History of the Future

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Programming the Child [...]

Seymour Papert in Mindstorms: In many schools today, the phrase "computer-aided instruction" means making the computer teach the child. One might say the computer is being used to program the child. In my vision, the child programs the computer and, in doing so, both acquires a sense of mastery over a piece of the most modern and powerful technology and establishes an...


Papert on Computer Culture [...]

From a 1985 interview with The New York Times: > Q. Boys tend to be more interested in computers than girls. Is that something that troubles you? > > It does trouble me, and it's a reflection of the general phenomenon. It's not the computer as such that's more attractive to the boys than to girls. It's the fact that the computer comes out of a male technologi...


(New) Notes [...]

I've finally set up Wikity today as a place to store notes from my research. Thanks to Mike Caulfield for his work on this and its parent tech, the smallest federated wiki. (And thanks in turn to Ward Cunningham for his work on the wiki.)...