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Producing Open Source Software, by Karl Fogel, has been an outstanding resource.

http://producingoss.com/
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Sure is. The entire team i was on back in 06/07 read that when we started open sourcing some JBI components on java.net.
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The New Literacy

Learn to code java by playing a game, you say? Within one hour, you say?
I'd be willing to try.

Via: +Betsy McCall
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Recruiters have noticed that the mental qualities that make a good computer programmer resemble those that might get you diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. Similar traits are common in the upper reaches of finance. Entrepreneurs also display a striking number of mental oddities. Where does that leave the old-fashioned organisation man? http://econ.st/LhKqVm 
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I like this idea, probably because I've been playing too much Minecraft
 
Making Khan Academy Even More Rewarding

Tying effort in Khan Academy to rewards in external games could provide a huge boost in motivation for students.

For anyone who has tried Khan Academy Moon, Earth and Sun badges will be familiar. As will the ubiquitous Energy Points. These are the main rewards for the Khan Academy game system. Watch a lecture? Get points. Watch an hour of lectures get a lot of points and a badge. Do math problems ... you get the picture.

I love Khan academy for Sal's lectures, its series of problems that build smoothly on the videos and each other, and for the revolution in educational accessibility that it represents. I also need it, I've never been good at basic maths and really need the practice. But, I don't find myself doing problems in my spare time. Instead, I'm playing Minecraft. I'm playing a lot of Minecraft.

Why is it that I'll mine for an hour to get 2-6 diamonds in Minecraft, but I won't watch videos and study for an hour to improve a truly useful life skill? While I understand which is more valuable, my behavior says something different. The question is, if there is a more powerful reward system, why isn't that tied to the more valuable activity? In short, why can't I earn diamonds in Minecraft from doing problems in Khan Academy?

In fact, there are several games I'd much prefer to get a reward in than another Moon Badge. Imagine getting an item in World of Warcraft that was only accessible by mastering Trig. Or, imagine a promotion run on Steam that offers points to students who are working hard on improving their math skills. Or, for the more restrictive parents out there, let students directly earn gaming time by solving problems.

The challenge that Khan Academy faces with its own game system is that the rewards are based purely on pride. Being acknowledged and then showing off both feel good. Badges serve these purposes admirably. Real games, however, have currencies and useful items. You earn something that you can spend on something you choose (a currency) or you get something that has intrinsic value in the game world (armor / swords / mounts etc).

Unless Khan Academy wants to spend a great deal of time building out these systems, they may be better off tapping into existing powerful reward systems that exist in other games. The nacent KA API would be an excellent way to allow any and all game developers to tap into user accounts and provide rewards that really motivate.
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I have taken a job at Numenta. http://rhyolight.posterous.com/numenta
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Thank you! They are getting ready to go public with some very interesting capabilities. I'm really excited to be helping them. The applications of their services are very broad and powerful.
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Initially, I was totally turned off by CoffeeScript, but not so much anymore. After seeing it in action (and seeing how clean it compiles down to JS), I wouldn't mind giving it a run for the money.
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The Web API checklist: a very comprehensive list of things to have in mind when designing your API, for securing it, for testing it, etc.
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MATHS • SIMPLE VISUAL • How Trigonometry Works
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This should be the first thing shown in all trigonometry classes
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Image► http://goo.gl/jE4yg Trigonometry ► http://goo.gl/kmWic
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rSkin - Open Source Robot Skin - instructable published! Please share! http://www.instructables.com/id/rSkin-Open-Source-Robot-Skin/
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Augmented Reality Glasses: This Changes Everything

I've been saying for a while that 2012 will be the year for this technology to finally take off. Not because of any mystical or conspiracy associations, but because Sony has mass consumer priced HD glasses debuting this year, several other companies are releasing transparent glasses, and Apple has something on the way soon (R&D has been ongoing for a few years).

Now Google? A Google X project, the "secret lab" where +Sergey Brin has been spending much of his time on experimental futuristic technology?

This is it, folks.

The Universal High-Definition Personal Display

To reiterate my predictions, "mobile" is not about small displays. Those will be obsolete within 2-4 years, along with every technology and handicap associated with them. The ridiculous societal cost of duplicated display screens everywhere is going away. We have a big screen TV at home (or several), monitors at home and work, laptops, tablets, pads, phones, portable gaming devices, and so on. All will be deprecated. They won't be as good, and they won't support the new apps.

All we need is a universal high-definition personal display device. A pair of glasses that can connect to any display source. Computing devices can be smaller and more powerful.

Keyboards? Touchpads? Touchscreens? Gone

The human-computer interface will be reinvented. These displays suggest a fundamentally different interaction paradigm. Integrated cameras enable the entire visual field becomes a canvas for the hands. Voice will play a larger role. I imagine eye tracking and "eye gestures". Films like Minority Report allow us to imagine new ways of interacting. But many more will quickly emerge. The one thing we can predict is that we can not predict the new interfaces, because most of them haven't been imagined yet.

Pervasive Digitally Augmented Experience

We can't imagine the interfaces because we've barely begun to imagine how these devices will be used. It's easy to imagine an augmented reality version of Google Maps. But most seem to find that to be "out there" and too futuristic to happen any time soon. That's nothing. This is the first step of integrating computer-augmented capabilities with our own perception systems.

Superhuman Cyborg Senses

Can the camera zoom in? Then so can your eyes. Can the hardware detect frequencies outside of normal human ranges? So can you. Radar? Sonar? If you'd like.

Alter Perception, Alter Reality

What about reality - the part of it that you perceive? Would you alter it if you could? Would you play with pieces of it, overlaying something more interesting, beautiful or enriching? Would it be necessary to fix an expensive dent in a car, or even to have it painted at the factory, if perception could be altered instead? There's an app for that! Urban renovation in an ugly slum? $0.99 themes designed by artists. Mix and match throughout the neigborhood!

It's bio-digital jazz, man. (Tron: Legacy)

Maybe you like your reality natural and real. Ok. It may be possible to resist it until your death. You might even be able to find work that doesn't involve computer-assisted augmented productivity. Meanwhile, for your kids or grandkids, Siri will be an elf who lives in the oak tree in the front yard, scampering down the trunk and walking through the walls when summoned. Kids love that app!

The Merger of Meat and Machine

Computers will quickly become part of our personal hardware, redefining the self as part biology, and part machine. If this too philosophical and far-fetched to your un-retrained imagination, then just know this: this technology will change nearly everything about how we think about using computers. It will change how we work and how we interact with each other. The internet will be all around us in our everyday world. If you want to ride the coming wave of innovation, now is the time to begin imagining what will be useful and fun in a world that can be experienced without biological limits.

This will all happen quickly. Once we can see the future, there's no going back.

Link below is via +Singularity Utopia
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+Chad Sturtz If Google's typical pattern holds true, the beta testers will be the first customers. ;)
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