Hi T Tomato,
Here are three resources on the Blockchain ledger, which could unglamorously be as significant a technology re this "Society, Information Technology, and the Global University" course (http://worlduniversityandschool.org/InfoTechNetworkSocGlobalUniv.html) as computing, microelectronics, and telecommunications, as well as the genetic engineering revolution (as the four main technological focuses of this course):
Blockchain ledger resources (about which you'll find more, undoubtedly)
"Anonymized Health Token (AHT)" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeoYOyqOZ00 (and I've engaged this video a bit here - http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/10/gloriosa-genus-stanford-medicine-grand.html - and in one or two other blog posts - all re online Medical Schools with the blockchain ledger for health data ... and here's a post from 2015 focusing on the Blockchain - http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2015/12/sand-dollar-in-big-picture-of-planning.html - with some Wikipedia definitions).
"Blockchain - The New Technology of Trust" - http://www.goldmansachs.com/our-thinking/pages/blockchain/ (about which I posted here - http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/10/cirque-of-towers-wind-river-range.html - in October).
"Blockchain for Business - An Introduction to Hyperledger Technologies: A primer to blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Learn how to start building blockchain applications with Hyperledger frameworks" - an edX course
Eudaimonics' related article and information technology and re Gates and Jobs - https://eand.co/techs-biggest-challenge-yet-8156486fd022 - re the Steve Jobs' and Bill Gates' video interview only in some ways (Jobs is barefoot in this picture :)
And here's my "Eudaimonia (personal flourishing) is 'Flow' and Bliss" - http://scottmacleod.com/EudaimoniaFlow.htm - which I mentioned relatedly.
Concerning next week's class and your riffing with writing an introductory paragraph to your 5 page research paper, I could see specifically inquiring about how the Blockchain will be revolutionary within the context of the course, then how it might articulate with a cryptocurrency not only for financial exchanges - re the economy side of this course - but also for health data which will complicate things, but also as part of an Universal Basic Income, where "universal" could be said to have a societal aspect to it (per this course), and re major WUaS Universities in all ~200 countries' official languages - https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Nation_States - with law schools, law students, and computer science Ph.D. students to do all the coding of the blockchain ledger. "I want to argue / suggest that the blockchain ledger represents a further paradigm shift in the information age ... " is the kind of thesis I think is helpful in writing an academic paper, because it allows one to back this up with points / paragraphs / and evidence, say in 3-5 further paragraphs. But your research question may inform your argument in a very different way. And a good thesis (Castells' thinking is full of theses / arguments which are disputable) could be argued against ... or the evidence / points you back up your argument with, could support a very different thesis too - which makes for the art of writing a social science / economics/business paper. In some ways I'm looking for a well-reasoned (re logic questions) paper (and there are some 3-4 page papers here - http://scottmacleod.com/papers.htm - which I wrote at UCSB some years ago, which are closely reasoned, some of which I could share with you, if that would be helpful, re the kind of paper I in this course am looking for).
CURIOUS how to engage a kind of behaviorist theory re schedules of reinforcement (e.g. re Harvard's B.F. Skinner, about whom I've blogged about recently in three different blogs) to explain, for example, these three behaviors:
- photo sharing, much from social media, of mostly cat pictures, but pictures in general on smartphone computers, among mostly female musicians at Scottish Country Dancing on Monday evenings in Berkeley,
- warm hug between great long time friends also at SCD, musicians who were sitting next to each other, one female the other male
- photo sharing of grand daughter baby photos in utero on smartphone?
What would behaviorism say about this collection of behaviors - or could be extrapolated from to say / explain - say in terms of schedules of reinforcement?
Behaviorism re schedules of reinforcement can inform learning so profoundly ... but while I could hypothesize that the above pleasurable behaviors could be a kind of "grooming" in higher primate senses (how could we create experiments about this?), and Skinner used behaviorism to work with "delinquent" behavior, behaviorism isn't really a theory generalizable to the above phenomenon.
Pinus merkusii: BF Skinner and Self? Re Behaviorism, Searched on this in Google and found "B. F. Skinner - Self Management of Behavior (1976)" ...http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/11/pinus-merkusii-bf-skinner-and-self-re.html
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