Stephen Tyler

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.

January 20, 2012
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An education revolution?

Today Apple announced its new initiatives in education, claiming they will spark a revolution in education.  Lets look at the details to see if Apple’s claims hold up to scrutiny: Pricing $15 per textbook is quite a discount from the … Continue reading

October 25, 2011
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John McCarthy, father of AI, has died aged 84

John McCarthy, inventor of the LISP programming language and a pioneer of Artificial Intelligence, died a few hours ago. He coined the term “Artificial Intelligence” in 1955, and went on to found departments to study AI at Stanford & MIT. … Continue reading

September 11, 2011
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Moral hazards of plagiarism detection

In my earlier post, Unintended consequences of plagiarism detection, I discussed the relative merits of allocating scare resources to pursuing bad students, versus enriching the learning environment for the good students. David Harrington has written an interesting article, (Moral) Hazards … Continue reading

September 9, 2011
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iTunes U tops 25 million downloads per month

Apple: iTunes U tops 600 million downloads: In researching my recent story, iTunes U: Educating the world, Apple provided me with some updated figures for its free education portal on iTunes. According to Apple, iTunes U has had more than … Continue reading

September 3, 2011
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Happy 30th, HP 12C

The HP 12C calculator just turned 30.  It remains the dominant financial pocket calculator, and is still the recommended calculator for most finance courses including CFA and CPA exams.  In addition to the financial functions and RPN notation that make … Continue reading

August 26, 2011
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iPad, I Saw, I Waited: The State of E-Textbooks

Wired has an interesting article on the state of eTextbook publishing, and the opportunities that are being wasted while the publishers focus on crippling their products with restrictive DRM and archaic pricing models: iPad, I Saw, I Waited: The State … Continue reading