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Erin Chiou
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Human Factors Researcher
Human Factors Researcher

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Spring at UW-Madison x Google Auto Awesome 
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Quantifying variations: How to make machines sound more like humans.

"It's only by not following the composer's instructions that the piece becomes exciting."

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Cooperative competition, or why you'll likely find car dealerships opening up near one another. 

Market-based competition is closer in spirit to the interaction among Olympic figure skaters, in which pressure from other competitors and from outside judges pushes individuals to seek innovations, to strive for doing the old and familiar in better ways. Sure, the figure skaters are trying their hardest to compete and win, but their process of competing under agreed-upon rules is a deeply cooperative and shared enterprise. In the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, when the ex-husband of skater Tonya Harding hired a thug to try to break the leg of another skater, Nancy Kerrigan, the attack was clearly outside the meaning of competition because it breached the cooperative essence behind how Olympic competition works.

TL;DR: The opposite of competition is not cooperation. 

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EYH 2014 @ Madison, WI. Using legos to learn about builder and destroyer cells. #scienceoutreach   #expandingyourhorizons   #uwmadison  
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I'm curious if anyone has an alternative perspective. Most people I know who don't tweet either "don't have time", don't believe it's meaningful or engaging, or are concerned about privacy/image. 

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Whenever I talk to physicians about computer use, they are always insightful and have usually thought a great deal about workflow and how to improve communication with patients. But, they're busy saving lives and taking care of people, so someone else has to write down those ideas, cross check, apply engineering methods, etc. I am proud of this work from ~2 years ago, even if it has turned me into a more intensely observant patient during my own visits.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169814114000870

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I agree that social trust among students, teachers, parents and school leaders is a key component of education, but disagree that "The process of teaching and learning is an intimate act that neither computers nor markets can hope to replicate." 

I assume we will always lack the human resources for the kind of close attention and investment in students the article suggests we need. What's the upper limit, even, for the teacher to student ratio? While human relationships are crucial for parts of education (e.g. socialization, communication, meaning, motivation), I am more hopeful about other ways to motivate learning and to develop skills, like gamification or SOLEs , even if these strategies don't fully replicate or replace the in-person element. 

It's right to caution against a top-down approach to education reform, and I agree that teachers should lead the way in helping the rest of us understand how to best use technology in the classroom. We also need to better understand the market, which to me means: understanding what motivates people to learn (removing social and economic barriers along the way), and how to leverage technology appropriately, instead of using it as a panacea for lacking resources. 

"I have made a number of points and I think I have succeeded in contradicting myself on most of them, showing both sides" (Arrow, 1974, The Limits of Organizations, p. 29). 

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A good reminder for graduate students (myself included) struggling to improve their writing. You can probably tell good writing from bad writing, but to write well is another story. Have faith in the fact that you have great taste, and keep writing. 

http://youtu.be/BI23U7U2aUY

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Auto awesome erased a head. #art
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